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The educational health and care plan is for children and young people who have special educational needs (SENs) and/or disabilities. Your child’s needs will be assessed by education, health and social care professionals to see if you should have a EHC plan. You can talk to your child’s school, college or nursery about eligibility for an assessment.

Request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment for your child if they are below the age of 16.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in West Sussex which includes front door access for Early Help.

Find out what happens if your child is suspended (fixed period) or expelled (permanently) from their school.

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

Advice on which benefits to apply for, help correctly completing forms and support with appeals/tribunals.

Get help accessing government benefits for children and young people with SEND.

The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 - 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). You can also find childcare via the West Sussex Family Information Services website.

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IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

We are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

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Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25. Some of our services are only available in specific areas – check out the specific services information for parent carers and young people.

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SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) is the only dedicated support network available for families of children and young adults with undiagnosed genetic conditions in the UK. It is run by the charity Genetic Alliance UK.

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ERIC exists to give every child and teenager with a bowel or bladder condition the support they deserve to enjoy a life free from shame, isolation and fear.

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Our mission is to provide items and services to all low-income families in the UK raising disabled or seriously ill children, that could not otherwise afford or access, and that help improve their quality of life, realise their rights, and remove some of the barriers they face.

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Nature Nurture Sussex is a Forest School run by trained and experienced Forest School Leaders who love everything about the great outdoors and are passionate about the benefits it can have on children and adults alike. We aim to make Forest School accessible to all especially those groups set to benefit the most.

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West Sussex Parent Carer Forum is a local charity that supports parents and carers of children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).We are an independent parent carer led charity, providing information, training and support, and representing the views of our members in West Sussex.

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Here at Aspens, we help children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, and/or those with complex needs. Through the provision of highly personalised support, we aspire to enable people to learn new skills, live life to the full and contribute to society however possible.

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Carers Support West Sussex is an independent charity supporting some of the 89,000 family and friend carers living in West Sussex.