Children with Disabilities

Services and Support for Special Educational Needs and Disability

The Essex Local Offer provides information on the services in Essex that are available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabilities aged from birth to 25. 

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​Effective Support for Disabled Children and Young People and their Families in Essex

Guidance for working together with disabled children, young people and families to provide early help, targeted and specialist support


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Submitting the Request For Support Form (Essex)

Please make sure you print your completed form before you close the online request page.  Once the page is closed, you won’t be able to print it again.

Please remember to add a contact phone number for the family into the field "Child/rens Main address (including postcode and telephone numbers)".

Click here to fill in the online Request for Support form.  Please complete as much information as possible.  Once the form is completed, click Submit and your form will be received by the Children and Families Hub Team.

Information for Carers

The Children and Families Act 2014 and Care Act 2014 set out requirements for the local authority to assess the needs of parents who care for a child or young person under 18 years (‘parent carer’) and parents caring for a young person over 18 years (‘adult carer’) if there is an appearance of need or the carer requests it.


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Occupational Therapy

Essex County Council provides an occupational therapy service for disabled children and young people up to the age 25.

 Our Occupational Therapists work with children and young people who have a substantial and long-term disability which makes day-to-day activities difficult.


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Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Advisers work individually with young people who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan at key transition stages between the ages of 13 and 25


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Social Care Direct Payments

Direct Payments are cash payments (as opposed to directly provided services) that are paid to a young person, parent or carer up to the age of 18, or to a nominated third party. These payments must be used to meet outcomes identified in child and family assessment or Education, Health and Care Plan


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