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Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

Supporting children with autism into adulthood

For a teenager who has autism, growing up to become an adult with autism may have extra, unique challenges beyond those commonly faced by other teens. Families of children with autism will also have to adapt to the changes that being an independent adult with…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…