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Health services for children with SEND

Health services for children with SEND

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will often need support from different services at different times.

Bristol has a range of health services for children and young people. This includes:

  • doctors
  • pharmacists
  • dental services
  • optometrists
  • hospital services

These are available to everyone, based on their individual needs.
Children with SEND can access these universal services directly, without needing to go through any kind of referral.

To find your nearest GP, dentist or pharmacist, enter your postcode on the NHS Choices service finder page.

The Community Children’s Health Partnership provides the health services that are available in the Local Offer. Some of the health professionals who may be involved in your child’s healthcare include:

  • School Health Nurses support school-age children and look after their physical and emotional health. Every school has a school nurse, who will be able to help you if you are concerned about your child’s development. For example, their growth, toileting, medications or emotional development. They’re responsible for telling the school when a child has been identified as having a medical condition which will need support in school.
  • Speech and language therapists provide support with communication difficulties, language impairment and speech disorders.
  • Children’s Occupational therapists help children and young people to learn to do things like writing, playing, sitting or dressing themselves so they can be more independent at school, home or nursery.
  • Children’s Physiotherapists help children and young people with things like sitting, moving and walking.
  • Child and adolescent mental health service provides assessments and treatments for children and young people from birth to 17 years old who are experiencing serious mental health problems or marked emotional and behavioural problems.
  • Special service for children with learning disabilities works with young people aged 0 to 18 years old with learning difficulties, including challenging or self injurious behaviour.

Access health services in the SEND Local Offer

To access any health services in Bristol, your child will need to be registered with a doctor in Bristol. Some services have specific entry criteria based on a child’s level of health need.  You can find out about the criteria for different services on the pages above. If you’re unsure if your child meets the criteria talk to your GP or Health Visitor.