Who to talk to and what support is available for young people in the SEND community.
Wiltshire has a wide range of great independent bodies and council funded programmes designed to help in a range of life situations. If you are not finding the guidance you require from the below services we would love to hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, we may be able to help signpost you or your feedback might help us develop improvements for everyone.
Advocacy services are designed to give you impartial support in a range of situations. This may be to help formalise a child or young persons voice in a discussion or decision-making process. They are also a key aspect of mediation and legal proceedings when required.
For further details please visit: Advocacy services.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, for example consumer rights or applying for benefits.
For further details please visit: Citizens Advice.
The WPCC provides a specialist consultation and participation service that enables parents and carers to voice their opinions about the services and support that their families receive. They also run a service called SENDIS which helps signpost users to the right information.
For further details please visit: WPCC.
The following document is a summary of WPCC in leaflet form:
SENDIASS provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support.
They support parents, carers, children and young people in a number of ways, from EHCP advice to help with letter writing and form filling and much more.
For further details please visit: Wiltshire SENDIASS.
Wiltshire Council provides a range of sessions on parenting across various ages and specialities, for example the SWAPP courses for autism and parenting.
SWAPP is a partnership programme between parents and their child's setting or school that aims to build an understanding of autism and the challenges and delights it can present.
The programme aims to empower families and staff who are closely involved in supporting a child or young person with autism.
Sessions cover all aspects of autism including communication, sensory issues and behaviour.
Visit SWAPP Parenting Courses for more information and booking details.
For further parenting programme details please visit: Parenting Programmes.
For information about Childcare Choices which contains advice on financial help please visit: Childcare Support
Children up to 5 years of age may use the Childcare Centres on offer throughout Wiltshire that are provided by the council. They provide a range of activities and support services to help give children the best start in life.
For more information please visit: Children's centres in Wiltshire
Wiltshire Children's Community Services across the county provide a wide range of children and young people's services. They look after the physical, medical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people up to the age of 19 years old.
For more information please visit: Wiltshire children's services
More information about Early years and childcare.
Wiltshire Portage is a registered charity and independent organisation providing a free home-visiting, specialist educational service for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Their service reaches over 100 families across the towns and villages of Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) for children from birth to school entry, operating during term time for 38 weeks a year. Phone support and some face to face support is available over the holiday periods.
Wiltshire is unique within England to have an independent portage service, and its provision all the way until school entry. Their early support and contributions towards EHCP for children with delayed learning is hugely beneficial to the best start for family and child.
Their aim is to work with families and their young children to provide unique learning opportunities through holistic play and a step by step individualised programme to help them develop a quality of life and experience in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community.
Sessions are divided between 'Core' programme blocks and 'Getting Ready for School' depending on the individual child's requirements and journey to school entry.
For admissions information, visit Policies and procedures.
For further information, visit Wiltshire Portage.
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Direct payments and other money advice
Information about Using direct payment (what it is, how to get it and support available).
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Worried about a child?
If you believe a child or young person is at risk, go to Child Protection for information about what to do.