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5 steps to mental wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps you can take to improve your mental health. Trying these things could help you feel more positive. connect with other people be physically active learn new skills give to others pay attention to the present moment - mindfulness For…

Accessibility Strategy

Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 says that all local authorities in England and Wales must have a written accessibility strategy in relation to the schools they are responsible for. (This includes community and foundation schools but does not include academies or free schools.)…

Accidents, Emergencies and First Aid

Accidents happen every day. So do emergencies. That’s why we try to give the public up to date info. Call 999 for emergencies. Learn first aid so you know what to do if there is an incident at home or out and about. You can…

Adult NHS Continuing Healthcare arrangements

When a young person reaches 18, the adult NHS Continuing Healthcare arrangements apply. There are significant differences between children and young people’s continuing care and NHS Continuing Healthcare for adults. Although a child or young person may be in receipt of a package of continuing…

Advice and information for carers

An informal carer is someone who, without payment, supports a family member or friend who: is ill has a disability is elderly has mental health or substance misuse issues Support may include help with: shopping cooking dealing with medication personal care attending medical appointments The person cared…

Advice in Emergencies or Crisis

You need to feel safe and happy in your home. And in your relationships.  In an emergency, call 999.  You will find services that can help, like Careline. We have listed services on the right of this page that can give you advice and support. If…

Advocacy Agencies and Referrals

An advocate helps represent your views and wishes. They can be A friend A relative Someone from an Advocacy service If it’s hard for you to understand or communicate you might need help. You can have an advocate under the Care Act 2014. They must…

Alternative Provision in Essex

Essex have a Directory of Alternative Provision. This provides details of a number of orgnisations including the area and Key Stages they cover. You may also find these information pages useful: Essex Enhanced Provision. Special Schools in Essex and Thurrock. 

Alternative Provision in Southend

Alternative provision (AP) is education outside school, arranged by local authorities or schools, for pupils who do not attend mainstream school for reasons such as: school exclusion, behaviour issues, school refusal, Special educational needs Access to vocational curriculum offers short or long-term illness, mental health and emotional wellbeing. Some…

Alzheimer's & Dementia Care

Dementia isn’t a lone illness. It is a term for many symptoms of several conditions that can affect the brain. It can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. However some treatments may help slow the disease down. There are links to the…

Annual Reviews of Education Health and Care Plans

Education, Health and Care Plans must be reviewed by the Local Authority as a minimum every 12 months; this is called an Annual Review.  Either the Local Authority or the child/young person’s educational setting will arrange this Annual Review meeting. Annual Reviews must focus on the…

Anxiety, Fear or Panic

Most people feel anxious or scared sometimes. If it is impacting your life, there are things you can try that may help. Support is available if you are finding it hard to cope with anxiety, fear, or panic. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing/

Area SEND Inspection for Southend-on-Sea City Council - March 2023

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the Southend-on-Sea City Council area to inspect the local arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) between 2nd and 10th March 2023. Southend was the fourth area to be inspected under the new framework, which came…

Armed Forces and Veteran's Support

There are many organisations that support members of the armed forces, veterans, reservists, and their families. If you or a family member has served in the armed forces for any amount of time you can access these various services and charities for support in areas…

Arranging and Paying for Care

You may be entitled for financial help towards the cost of your care. You will need to complete an assessment to check what you can afford to pay towards your care. For more information about paying for your care visit www.southend.gov.uk/get-help-money-legal-matters/paying-care-personal-assistants

Autism Resource Bases

We aim to deliver a range of high quality provision for all children and young people with SEND. In addition to mainstream and specialist settings Southend Local Authority commission a number of resource bases in Southend that provide support for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders…

AV1 Robots

The AV1 is an avatar robot, developed by Norwegian company No Isolation, that becomes the student’s ‘physical presence’ in the classroom whilst the young person accesses the robot from hospital or home. The AV1 Robots can help support and re-engage young people who are currently…

Baby and Toddler Groups

Baby and Toddler Groups welcome any carer including Parents Friends Relatives Foster Carers Childminders Nannies Young children can enjoy their first experiences of having fun making friends learning It is away from their homes but they have the security of a known adult. These adults…

Behavioural Play Advisory Service (Jigsaws)

The Behavioural Play Advisory Service (Jigsaws) work closely with Health Visitors and the Specialist Health Visitor Team, paediatricians and the Early Years SEND Support Service. Typically referrals to the team come via these services/teams.   The team offer a bespoke package of support within the home…

Benefit Advice

You can get information on benefits from Citizens Advice Bureau The Money Advice Service  Gov.uk  Your local council For more information, visit the Benefits Page or call the Council on: 01702 215001. For information about benefits advice related to special educational needs and disabilities, you can also visit…

Benefits of Exercise

How does exercise benefit me? It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes cancer It can also lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem,…

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