Children with Additional Needs

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Additional needs means any child or young person with a physical, sensory, communication, behavioural or learning disability, or a long-term or life-limiting condition. This may also include children with emotional health and wellbeing needs where there is an impact on their daily life, including those with more significant mental health problems.

In Devon, services for children and young people with additional needs and their families are delivered through Integrated Children's Services (ICS).

Integrated Children’s Services includes:

  • Family Support Service (FSS) This service is usually for children with the most profound needs who have regular short breaks as a key part of their service plan.
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Devon is now part of the national pathfinder programme image - PDF icon (244KB - pdf help) for the Green Paper about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

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The Empowering Families project is a Dfe funded project awarded to Reachfor, a company that Careers South West is part of.

The project is targeting parents and carers of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who have a realistic chance of making the transition from full-time learning to employment and/or training. The aim is to help parents and carers to improve their knowledge of entitlements and provision.

We are delivering this project within Exeter and are focusing on Year 11 + young people within Exeter School’s with a status of School Action Plus with LDD.

Through the project a telephone and web chat service has been set up. This service is open to any parent or carer of a young person with SEND.

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