We are the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through skilled teams who work with children and young people aged 0-18, with acquired brain injury, neurodisability, and complex health needs. It is our ambition that all children with brain injury and neurodisability have the opportunity to live the best life possible.
We work in communities across the UK supporting children and young people with acquired brain injury, and their families.
Specialist services are particularly effective in supporting children who may have made a good physical recovery after an accident or illness and are expected to make a successful return to mainstream school, but are left with ‘hidden’ difficulties that can seriously affect their home and school life.
These difficulties can include:
- learning new information;
- concentration and memory;
- understanding and using language effectively;
- developing independence skills appropriate to their age;
- making and keeping friends;
- staying safe;
- controlling emotions and impulses;
- managing fatigue and getting enough sleep.
Our Brain Injury Community Service supports children and young people who:
- have a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of an acquired
- brain injury, either recently or some years ago;
- are medically stable;
- are 18 years and under at the time of referral; and
- are registered with a UK GP.
These children and young people no longer require intensive therapy but would benefit from some level of therapeutic support.
Through our specialist multidisciplinary team we are able to support these children by providing advice, support and rehabilitation delivered at home, in school, or a combination of both. With a member of our community service based in four of the UK’s major hospitals, and a dedicated multidisciplinary team based at our national specialist centre in Surrey, we are able to support children from right across the UK.
Anybody can refer a child who has a suspected or confirmed acquired brain injury, including concussion, into the service and we can provide clinical screening, advice, brain injury education and onward referral completely free of charge.
For some children this may be sufficient and no further support will be required. If additional specialist support is needed and this isn’t available locally, there are a number of assessments and rehabilitation packages we can offer. Delivered by our multidisciplinary community team, we will work to secure funding for these packages on the family’s behalf.