Finding out that your child has additional needs can bring about a whole array of emotions. We know that regardless of the type of disability, health condition or additional need a child has, parents want information, support and advice they can trust. Whatever stage you are at with your child, a range of information and support is available. This factsheet by charity, Contact a Family is a useful first guide.
You can also get early help from Families First
This is Hertfordshire’s brand name for local services that collectively support families at the earliest opportunity, in order to avoid a potential crisis. Families First brings together existing organisations and new services to support families by providing early help under one umbrella.
Families with children with special needs may have a range of needs associated with a child’s learning, health or social difficulties on top of other family needs outside of the SEND arena, which could be supported by the Families First approach.
Find more on the Families First portal
Continuum of need
The Continuum of Need (PDF 464kb) Opening a new window aims to show that at any time some children and families in Hertfordshire may need extra help and support and from where this would come from.
Families’ levels of need may change from month to month depending on particular situations but whatever the situation, asking for help and support is considered a strength.