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Support for families

What to do if you are worried about a child's safety

If you're worried about a child or young person or think they're being abused, even if you're unsure, call 01752 668000 or email

I think my child might have special needs

If you think your child or young person might have a special educational need or disability (SEND), it can be really worrying. The purpose of this section of Plymouth's local offer is to give you some ideas about what to do next.

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a document which supports children and young people with special educational needs in education.

Adapt your home

If you're struggling to get around your home due to a disability, long-term illness, visual impairment or old age, we may be able to help with equipment and adaptations to your home to make it easier and safer to live independently or for a carer to look after you.

Personal budgets

Personal budgets are designed to help families have more control over their lives. A personal budget is made up of resources that can be used flexibly to support a child or young person with their education, health and/or care needs, as identified in their care and support plan.

Moving to Plymouth with a child that has special needs

If you're moving to Plymouth and your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan of special educational needs (or is currently undergoing assessment) email or call 01752 307409 to discuss arrangements with us.

Step by Step Together Groups

Step by Step Together Groups are located in 6 children's centres in the city for parents who have a concern about their child's development. Parents can attend any group in the city which suits their needs. Groups usually run during the school term only. Please contact your local Children's Centre for  more information.

Beckly Centre - Routeways

We offer short breaks and respite care for disabled children and young people in Plymouth. Beckly is a Routeways project that enables disabled children and young people to participate in and enjoy positive inclusive and fun social activities in a friendly, caring and supportive environment based at the accessible premises at Radford, Plymstock.

Children's Disability Team

We provide support for disabled children and young people, their families and carers. We work with families to understand their needs and plan how to provide support that will make a positive difference.

Great Expectations Antenatal Programme

In Plymouth, expectant parents-to-be can attend a free antenatal education programme called Great Expectations.

Plymouth Children's Gateway

The Gateway should be used if you need help, information or advice relating to a child (pre-birth to 18 years old) or up to 25 years old if the child has special educational needs and disabilities.

Plymouth Early Help and SEND Advice line

Plymouth have an Early Help and SEND advice line through which you can book a conversation with a Family Support Worker to talk about any worries or questions you may have.

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

Plymouth Parent Carer Voice

The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth.


Portage provides an early intervention home learning service for pre-school aged children with additional needs and/or disabilities and their families.

Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting - Livewell Southwest'

For all parents of young children, aged 0-5, your Health Visitor is usually the main point of contact if you have any concerns or questions about your child's development.

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