You spoke – we listened.

You told us there is a need for information about how to help support your neurodiverse children.

Essex Family Forum is proud to have worked with parents from Send the Right Message Southend, Takiwatanga Support Services and professionals from across Health, Education, and Social Care to produce a pack of useful information for families with a neurodiverse child.

This pack includes information about the diagnosis process, how to get support for your child at school, health and wellbeing and much more. The team have shared their own experiences and hints and tips, along with those of parents, carers and young people from across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. There are also signposts to useful books, blogs and online resources which are all tried and tested resources that the team have used and found helpful.

To access the pack, please click on the image.

If you require a hard copy, please click on the button below.

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The Essex Family Forum Equipment Survey, designed by our Family Champions, demonstrated a need for better information on the equipment service for families.

As a result, Essex Family Forum co-produced the new Equipment Guidance Document – which can be found by clicking on this link.

It is an in-depth guidance document on equipment including the process for assessments, types of equipment, how children and young people receive equipment as well as contact details for key organisations.

Employment Opportunities in Essex

There are a number of ways that young people with SEND in Essex can be supported into employment.    Please click on the images below to find out about the different pathways.  There is also a regular “Opportunities Board” published by Essex County Council – which outlines the current vacancies in the various supported employment options.

If you would like to find out more, please do contact Essex County Council’s Targeted Employment Team:

Annual Health Checks

All young people, over the age of 14, with a Learning Disability and on the Learning Disability Register, should be offered an Annual Health Check by their GP.

Please click on the images for some useful resources about the Annual Health Checks.

To find out more about the Learning Disability Register, please click on this link The learning disability register – how to sign up and why you should – United Response

COVID 19 Booster

Letter for young people with a learning disability from the NHS about your COVID-19 Booster