Portsmouth Local Offer

At School Care


*Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

This section contains links to the most popular entries for parents and carers on Education Health and Care Plans. They are legal documents which set out a child or young person’s special educational needs and the support that is required to meet these needs, including a suitable educational placement. They focus on intended outcomes and the steps that need to be taken to achieve those outcomes.

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A Pathway for 14 - 25 Learners (Phase transfer/higher education)

This Pathway should ensure that as young people move into adulthood their needs have been identified and support is in place where appropriate.

Tel: 023 9288 2438

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A Pathway for 5 - 14 Learners

This Pathway should ensure that as children move through school their needs have been identified and support is in place where appropriate.

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Childrens Disability Team

The Childrens Disability Team is part of the Inclusion Service in Children's Service and discharge the local authority's statutory duties in respect of disabled children as set out in the Children act 1989.

Tel: 0845 671 0271

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Community Based Support Service

Enable Ability's Community Based Support Service provides a service to parents of a child with mild to moderate levels of disability.

Tel: 023 9267 1846

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Early Help and Prevention Service

The Early Help and Prevention service in Portsmouth is a new way of doing things – providing extra practical help with families early on, to stop problems getting worse.

Tel: 07720947345

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Information for Carers

A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. This section provides information for carers available on Portsmouth City Councils website.

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Learning Links Families Team

The Learning Links Families team supports Portsmouth families with children aged 5 – 18 who are experiencing Child to Parent Violence in the form of non-violent resistance (NVR) therapy.

Tel: 02392296460

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MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)

The MASH is multi agency and brings together services such as from social care, education, health, police and children centres. The MASH aims to work together to offer the right help at an early stage to families who need support.

Tel: 08456710271 / 02392688793

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Portsmouth Youth Project - for young people aged 18 - 25

Portsmouth Youth Project provides a range of activities for young people aged 18 - 25 years with a range of mild to moderate learning or physical disabilities, or a special educational need.

Tel: 023 9267 1846/07519 924 247

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Portsmouth Carers Strategy 2015 - 2020

This strategy for Portsmouth has been developed jointly by Portsmouth City Council, NHS Portsmouth CCG, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and includes strategic support to both adult and young carers.

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Portsmouth Implementation of the SEND Reforms: Progress Report April 2018

The Progress Report provides a summary of the actions achieved in implementing the SEND Reforms in Portsmouth, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014, during the initial implementation phase from September 2014 to March 2018.

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Portsmouth Teenage Project - short break activities for young people aged 14-18

Portsmouth Teenage Project provides a range of Short Breaks activities for young people aged 14 - 18 years with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability or a special educational need, living in Portsmouth, offering a wide variety of leisure, sport and social activities. It runs on a weekly basis usually on a Friday evening.

Tel: 023 9267 1846/07857 328 390

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Portsmouth Youth Holiday Scheme - for young people aged 18 - 25

The Youth Holiday Scheme offers a safe environment during the college holidays for young people to socialise, have fun and learn some vital life skills that will increase independence. Young people are offered a wide variety of daily activities, including supported volunteering and work experience.

Tel: 023 9267 1846/07519 924 247

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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

The Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support to families whose son or daughter is affected by a life threatening or terminal illness.

Tel: 23 8023 2129

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Respite Care

Respite care tries to keep families together by offering children a break, or a regular series of breaks, from a difficult family environment or a problem for which the child needs some support or help. This could help prevent family breakdown or a child being placed in foster care.

Tel: 023 9283 9111

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Rose Road - Community Based Support

Rose Road provides short breaks to children or young people aged 4 to 18 years with severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities, and/or autism.

Tel: 023 8072 1234

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Safeguarding - Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB)

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB) brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Portsmouth, with the aim of ensuring that they work together effectively to keep children safe.

Tel: 02392 841540

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SEND Needs Assessment

This document has been developed by the 0 - 25 Joint Commissioning Steering Group. Its role is to improve the effectiveness of services for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities through joint planning and commissioning. Producing the needs assessment is a statutory requirement set out in the Children and Families Act 2014

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Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with an opportunity to spend time away from their parents or carers. Short breaks also provide families and carers with a valuable break from their caring responsibilities giving them a chance to unwind, rest or spend time with other children.

Tel: 023 9268 8842

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