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Carrying out any caring responsibilities for a child

Do you have any children that are dependent on you? If yes, do you need help with your parenting/caring responsibilities? Follow the links on this page to find out about: Childminders, children's centers, holiday schemes and other child care options Support for children with complex…

I'm worried about my child's mental health

   Find information and support in Suffolk to help you and your family cope with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues. Does your child need urgent help? If it's not a life threatening emergency call NHS 111 and they will talk you through what happens…

Bereavement and young people

Losing someone important to you is one of the hardest things to experience in life. If you're young, bereavement can be even more difficult. But support and advice are available to help you get through it. Your teenage years can be a lot of fun,…

Raising low self-esteem

We all have times when we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is the opinion we have of…

Worried about your teenager?

It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful…

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told.  It can sometimes be…

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…

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…

Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Annual Reviews: documentation and guidance

  An Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment can be requested by parents, carers, teachers or any other professional involved with a child or young person; they can also be requested by a young person over the age of 16. You can read more information…
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