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NHS Social Care and Support Guide

This guide is for you or someone you know if they need help with day to day living because of an illness or disability, it explains your options and where you can get support.

Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

  The statutory guidance in this document is intended to help governing bodies meet their legal responsibilities and sets out the arrangements they will be expected to make, based on good practice. The aim is to ensure all children with medical conditions, in terms of…

Employment and benefits support

If you are affected by coronavirus or its effect on the economy, there is a wide range of support available. Please see below for information about the changes the government has brought in to support people who are already claiming benefits, need to claim benefits, or are…

Non-Maintained Special Schools (NMSS)

NMSS are schools the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996. To read this section of the Education Act please see the government website (external link). Usually children and young people attending these schools will have an…

Private Fostering

A private fostering arrangement is one where children under the age of 16 or 18 in the case of disabled children, are cared for and provided with accommodation in the carer’s own home, by a carer who is not their parent or a close relative…

Mental Wellbeing while staying at home

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those…

Starting Primary School

The first key transition is when your child moves into reception class at primary school. Many children will be supported by the Early Years Team with this move into primary school or a special school. List of Primary Schools (internal link) Apply for Primary School Place (external link)…

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tips for family carers

Hft have published a list of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tips for family carers of people with learning difficulties and/or autism. They are intended to make the process of completing the form as straight forward as possible, and help you complete it in a way…

Studying in the UK as a disabled student

In the UK, there’s no reason for disabled students not to pursue higher education. Despite still being very challenging to study as a disabled person, significant improvements have been made and universities are equally accessible to everyone. UK universities have a legal obligation to ensure disabled students get…

Secretary of State Approved Institutions

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014, allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of…
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