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This section gives you information about health services for children and young people including specialist nursing, therapies (e.g. physiotherapy, speech and language therapy), Child and Adolescent Mental Health and audiology and tells you how you can get help from them.
"Simply click on the relevant links below and the links within them to find out more".
This section also provides information about services provided by Brighter Futures for Children.
Updated - March 2022
There are many Health Services available to support children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. In Reading, some of these services are provided by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and some are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBH)
Children's Services - 0-18
There are a range of services available to families through Brighter Futures for Children, where they can offer support and help, and you don’t have to be in a crisis to ask for this help.
Universal help for children and families can be accessed by contacting the Family Information Service - 0118 9373777 (option 2) or visit www.readingfis.org
Specialist help and support can be accessed through Early Help by contacting the Children's Action Teams using their Early Help Assessment or by calling 0118 9373641. Further information & Support can be found here Information for Parents and Carers
The Children and Young People’s Disabilities Team assesses and supports children and young people between the ages of 0-18. The team comprises of Social Care professionals and Occupational Therapists.
Adult Services - 18+
From the age of 18-25 young adults are supported by the Adult Social Care Team. Tel: 0118 9373747
Adult Social Care Services - https://www.reading.gov.uk/adult-care/adultcare/about-adult-social-care/
There are other organistaions within the community who can also offer help and support this includes services offered by the voluntary sector. Please use the view all services to access service record information.
Guide to accessing social care - Developed by Reading Families Forum & BFfC
GETTING SOCIAL CARE SUPPORT IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND/OR DISABILITIES
Produced by Reading Families’ Forum for parent carers with the help of Brighter Futures for Children - click here to view the guide.
Related AdviceSEND Guide for Parent Carers Children & Young People’s Disabilities Team (CYPDT) Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) Children's Action Teams (CATs) Speech and Language Young People & Mental Health Health Services (NHS) in Reading Care, Education and Treatment Reviews (CETR) Help from your GP Berkshire West Keyworking programme: for children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism Learning Disabilities information page: Day Services and List of local Day Activities Transition from Children to Adult Health Services - Ready Steady Go! Transition from Paediatric to Adult Health Services - Ready Steady Go! Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) SEND Pre-Diagnosis - Are you Concerned about your child? Reading Borough Council Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Disagreements, Mediation, Tribunals & Appeals Learning Disabilities: Annual Health Checks NHS Long Term Plan
- Berkshire Health Foundation Trust
- Berkshire Health Foundation Trust (BHFT) - REFERRALS Criteria
- Berkshire Transforming Care Programme
- Healthwatch Reading
- Public Health England
- NHS Choices - Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- Easy Read Guide to the Care Act
- Berkshire West Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2021 - 2030
- Care, Education and Treatment Reviews (CETRs)
- Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing-REFRESH OCTOBER 2018 Berkshire West CCG area with Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham Local Authorities
- Brighter Futures for Children- are you concerned about a child?
- NHS Easy Read - Protect yourself from flu, have the flue vaccine
- Identifying a child’s needs and finding help - September 2020