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Frequently asked questions and answers for parents & carers

Making the transition from childhood to adulthood is an exciting but potentially difficult process for any young person and will take a number of years. For young people with additional needs, this transition can be even more challenging and take a fair amount of preparation…

Dyslexia Outreach Team

Enabling all children and young people with dyslexia to thrive The Dyslexia Outreach Team (DOT) is staffed by 5 experienced teachers, all of whom hold specialist qualifications for teaching and assessing pupils with dyslexia and/or literacy difficulties. The team works in partnership with all schools…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

At Suffolk County Council we promote equality and inclusion, particularly for disadvantaged families, children in care, children in need, children with disabilities and children with special educational needs. This includes working with parents/carers and providers to remove any barriers to accessing early education and to…

Tax free childcare

Last reviewed: February 2021 Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs. Parents use online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in to these accounts, the Government will add £2. The total…

Occupational Therapy for children and young people

The team of Occupational Therapists employed by Suffolk County Council to work in the Disabled Children & Young People’s Team, covering the county to provide assessments at home for children and young people with disabilities. Assessments are carried out to identify and discuss difficulties within the…

Emotional Wellbeing Gateway - Mental Health Services & Support

Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, are worried about someone you care for, or want to know how to stay mentally well, the Gateway website is the place to go for families and professionals to access mental health support services in Suffolk.  Please help…

Stress in children and young people - information and advice for parents and carers

Tell us what you think about this section of the website by clicking on the feedback tab to the right of your screen. Why are children and young people effected by stress? Children and young people today are facing many pressures from many different sources.…

Anxiety in children and young people - information and advice for parents and carers

Tell us what you think about this section of the website by clicking on the feedback tab to the right of your screen. Is it normal for children and young people to feel anxious? Anxious behaviour is common in children and young people. Most learn…

Self-harm in children and young people - information and advice for parents and carers

Tell us what you think about this section of the website by clicking on the feedback tab to the right of your screen. What is self-harm in children and young people? Self-harm is when someone does something to intentionally hurt themselves. Often a child or young…

Eating disorders in children and young people

Please help us to improve this part of the website by completing our feedback form (form will open in a new tab). Coronavirus update: Please read the Carers and Coronavirus Letter regarding contacts and support available for carers supporting someone with an eating disorder during Covid. What are…