Caring for a child or young person

Caring for a child or young person

Information, support and guidance for parent carers

If you care for a child with support needs, you probably think of yourself as just a mum or dad. But there are services available to all carers - including those who look after children or young people.

After Tiana’s birth, I walked from the hospital into this new world where my child was labelled as ‘special needs’ and I had become her ‘carer’.

Val - parent carer

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If your son or daughter is under 18 (and in some circumstances under the age of 25) and has a learning disability, additional needs or mental health issues such as depression or addiction, there is help available to guide you towards local resources and services.  

If you need to talk, then call the Gloucestershire Carers Hub managed by PeoplePlus on 0300 111 9000,

If your child has special educational needs

If your child has special educational needs

The SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) provides information and advice to parents of children with special educational needs. They can help you play an active and informed role in your child or young person’s education. The SENDIASS team can also liaise with experts from the educational sector on your behalf.

For advice from our SENDIASS team, visit the website or call 0800 158 3603.