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How to access Council education and social care services

This document is primarily aimed at professionals. It provides a summary of the pathways to Council-run education and social care services for children and young people with SEND.  Please see How to access health services for information about referral pathways to NHS services. Last reviewed:…

How to access health services

Schools and other education providers can help in getting a diagnosis for health problems observed in their setting. The following provides details on how to access different health services. It explains what might prompt a referral, who can make the referral and what the service…

How to complain (Local Offer)

Complaints about Education Services If you have a grievance or would like to comment on the treatment you have received from the education system, there are procedures that you can follow in order to make your voice heard. Details and advice on how to make…

How to contact your Early Help Hub

To request a service from Early Help services, you can complete an Early Help Assessment Part 1 form and return it by secure email or post. The screening teams in MAST respond to requests for a service about a child or young person. Screening workers…

How to deal with stress

Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the 'fight or flight' response. Once…

How to find an NHS gender identity clinic

Trans and non-binary people's general health needs are the same as anyone else's. But trans people may have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, or confirmation. Your particular needs may be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics…

How to involve your child in being healthy

Children are more likely to keep to a healthy lifestyle if it's made fun for them. Here are some ideas for how to help them prepare, and even cook, their own meals and choose activities they enjoy. As a general rule, children should aim to include in…

How to search for schools on the Local Offer

You can narrow down your search for schools by choosing a category and then using the available filters. Categories Schools are divided into two categories. Primary Primary schools are schools for children between the ages of 4 and 11. In Sheffield, there are also infant…

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Each year in England thousands of children and young people are raped or sexually abused. This includes children who have been abducted and trafficked, or beaten, threatened or bribed into having sex. Media coverage of police investigations into the crimes of Jimmy Savile and other…

Identifying SEND in the early years

Some disabilities are identified at birth or even during pregnancy. If your child has a significant and complex need along with a learning disability, the Portage Team will often become involved at a very early stage to provide support and advice for you and your…

If you think your child may have special educational needs

Special educational needs (SEN) is a legal term. A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means that they need special educational provision. Special educational provision is provision which is different from, or additional to, that which…

Inclusion

Early Years Inclusion We have an early years inclusion team made up of a team of Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants who work with young children who have additional needs. We take referrals from parents, health professionals and nursery staff and work with children from…

Inclusion Co-production in Sheffield

The local authority, CCG, Parent Carer Forum and other services have described how services should work with children, young people and their families. Read our Inclusion Co-production Charter to find out more. Last reviewed: February 2020Information owner: Strategy and Commissioning, People Portfolio

Information and resources about coronavirus

Covid vaccination The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have produced a guide to the Covid vaccination for relatives of people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. This YouTube video explains the Covid vaccine for people with a learning disability and/or autism. Carers who are eligible for…

Information for Dads

Studies show that involved fathers contribute to providing a strong, happy, stable environment for a child to grow up in. Flexibility in paternity leave, childcare and work-life balance is increasing and the definition of the father is growing and changing. We need to acknowledge the…

Information for parents who have a social worker, MAST worker or SNIPS worker

This information sheet is to help parents and carers navigate the support that is available to them during the current covid-19 situation. Contact Details MAST: 0114 203 7485 Children with Disabilities Service (including Preparation for Adult Team):           0114 2735198  SNIPS mentor (Special Needs Inclusive Play…

Information for young people

For specific information for young people including Activities and things to do Careers advice and jobs How to get support   Please visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk

An introduction to alcohol and drug support in Sheffield

There’s lots of information, advice and support to help you with your drinking if you’re worried about your alcohol use.  There’s also lots of information, advice and support to help you with drug and substance misuse and other types of addiction. 

An introduction to sexual health advice in Sheffield

Sexual Health Sheffield offers a welcoming and confidential service to people of all ages including pregnancy testing and advice, contraception choices and advice, and the screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.   We host a range of informative sexual health information and…

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship?

Violence can happen in teenage relationships, so make sure you know the signs and can help your child. Abuse in relationships - including those between teenagers - can happen to men and boys, but it's much more likely to happen to women and girls. It also happens in same-sex relationships.…

Keep your bones strong over 65

It's true that our bones tend to lose strength as we get older. But even in later years there is plenty we can do to prevent falls and fractures.  Stay active Being inactive makes your muscles and bones lose strength. This increases your risk of…

Keeping fit and healthy with a baby

Healthy diet and fitness for new mums Being a parent is exhausting. It's easy to find that you have no time or energy to cook or eat properly. But eating well doesn't need to take lots of time or effort. Try to make eating well…

Keeping well in your local community

Are you looking for an activity or some support to help you keep healthy and well? Did you know help is at hand in your local community? We are a network of local organisations which can help you to: get fit and active through exercise sessions and health…

Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

On this page you will be able to find access to the following information as well as some other useful links that you might find helpful: An overview of what a Learning Disability is and how it affects different people Some answers to the more…

Legal highs

Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…
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