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Questions to ask an activity provider if your child has additional needs

If your child has additional needs or a disability, you may need to check the support arrangements in place at an activity provider. Questions you could ask, depending on your child’s additional needs, include: how will you manage if my child doesn’t communicate with speech?…

Questions to ask when visiting an activity provider

Are your staff Disclosure and Barring Service checked? People who work with children and young people should undergo an enhanced  check. Find out more about the Disclosure and Barring Service and DBS checks. Do you have public liability insurance? Public Liability Insurance covers the activity provider for any…

Registered Childcare

Ofsted registers most childcare provision, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register and regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that quality standards are being met.  Inspections are used to provide guidance and support to ensure that children are meeting appropriate milestones as…

Safe Places Scheme

People First Forum is a charity run by and for people with learning disabilities. The charity works to keep vulnerable residents safe. The charity has a 'Safe Places' scheme which encourages shops and organisations to offer a safe haven for people with learning disabilities should…

School Exclusion and Suspension

Information and support about school exclusions and suspensions.

Staying safe online - advice for parents and carers

Do you have questions about online safety? Look at the NSPCC website or contact the NSPCC phone helpline on 0808 8005002. Did you know you can set up age appropriate parental controls on your home broadband? Find out more. Ensure your children are using appropriate websites, apps…

Staying safe online - information and advice for professionals

How can we help the children and young people we work with get the best out of the internet? Below are links to sources of information and advice.  children need more resilience, information and power to enjoy the benefits the internet can bring and be…

Support for familes

There are many organisations which can provide additional help and advice – the following contacts and links may be useful: General Advice Services Citizen's Advice Bureau Harmoney Money Advice Service Money Advice Service Christians Against Poverty Family Fund (if you have a child with a disability)…

Tax-free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a government scheme which helps families with childcare costs.

Tips for separating or separated parents

Separation can be a difficult time for families for many reasons. It takes time to adjust & adapt. Decisions about the future can be challenging when our emotions are fragile. Coping as an adult may feel like swimming in treacle at this time & then…