Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families

Health visitors and school nurses support all children and young people including those with additional or complex health needs to give them the best start in life, and ensure they meet their full potential. The health of all children and young people and their families are central to care we offer when providing early help and support.

Health visitors are skilled in identifying health problems early and in delivering key health messages to improve your child’s health and well-being. If your child’s needs are more complex your health visitor can play a key role in bringing together local services that can support you, your child and your family. The service can help you access ‘Early Years Support’ via the East Riding of Yorkshire Council who work closely with nurseries, primary school settings, specialist health professionals and other local children’s services. Health Visitors are supported by a team of nurses and nursery nurses who are skilled in assessing early child development and together with their parents / carers use screening tools called ‘Ages & Stages Questionnaires’ to ascertain if development is on schedule.

School nurses promote equitable access to education for all children and young people. The school nurse works closely with parents, educational settings, specialist health professionals and other local children’s services. Their aim is to ensure every child’s health, wellbeing and achievement is maximised. They can also contribute to Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) if appropriate, and also attend meetings with other professionals so that a young person achieves the goals set out in their EHCP. The ISPHN Service also has a dedicated school nurse that works closely with the special schools within the East Riding.

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The East Riding Local Offer

The Local Offer is a way to make it easier for you to find out about services and support available to children and young people from birth to 25 years with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

More about the Local Offer