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Children with additional needs

There are over 7,000 children in Bristol who have a potentially disabling condition or severe chronic illness, and around 4,500 children identified with special educational needs (SEN).

This includes children with physical and sensory impairments, learning disabilities and autism, and those who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Bristol has a wide range of services for children with additional needs and places where you can go for help and advice:

  • Findability Bristol – a comprehensive website of information and services for Bristol’s parents and carers and their disabled children and young people
  • Bristol Parent Carers – a support and campaign group for parents of children with disabilities and special needs, working in partnership with public authorities to shape services
  • 1 Big Database – a comprehensive directory of local services which includes information on national and local organisations offering support, advice and guidance on a range of health and social care and leisure activities

We are working with Bristol City Council to create a single point of information featuring all of the local help and support available for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability in Bristol. This will be called ‘Local Offer’ and available from September 2014. You can find out more at Bristol City Council (Local Offer).

Children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions

Specialist advice and support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions is available from:

See also:

Children's community health services

NHS continuing care for children

Young people’s emotional health

Transitioning to adult health services