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What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone, and where you can find support. A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5m…

Services and support for parents

NHS services for new parents Local authority services for parents Local advice centres Websites, helplines and other support for parents Parent and baby groups             NHS services for new parents Registering your baby with a GP Register your baby with your…

Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

Pregnancy tests: advice for young people

Pregnancy tests detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone in your body. This hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Find out about when you can do a pregnancy test, and what to do if it's positive. A pregnancy test is the only way to…

Where can I get contraception?

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK. Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include: most GP surgeries - talk to your GP or practice nurse community contraception clinics some genitourinary…

Charities for disabled children/SEN/additional needs

Links to charities for disabled children and young people General UK-based charities helping disabled children and young people Contact a Family (CAF) for families with disabled children Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity The ACE Centre Self Help UK - Guide to patient support and self help  Seesaw -…

Safety First

Joining a new group or trying out a new activity for the first time can be scary. But there are lots of things you can do to make doing something new a little bit safer. Here are some of the ideas our young auditors came up…

Discounts

Some activities can be expensive. But many organisations offer membership schemes or discounts. There are special discounts for young people, and for different sorts of young people, e.g. students. There are also membership schemes which can help spread the cost of activities, or save money…

Volunteering

Volunteering in Oxfordshire is popular and many young people volunteer in their community. Here are some of the things young people tell us they gain from volunteering: you feel useful, helpful, good meet new friends, make new friends learn skills, get training improve CV If…

Fifty things to do before you're five

Parents and carers will be given suggestions for 50 things to do with their children before they are five as part of a new early language development scheme from Oxfordshire County Council.   Being able to communicate effectively supports children’s mental health and wellbeing, their self-confidence…