I think my child needs help

If you think your child needs help, you’re probably right. You’re the expert. You know your child. Don’t delay, don’t be put off – seek help. Speak to your health visitor, GP and don’t be fobbed off by excuses.

Appointments for professional services often take time. Delays in getting what you need when you need it can have a significant and detrimental effect on your child’s health and education.

SLCo is here to offer information and guidance for all aspects of you and your child’s individual needs.

Life chances start at birth.  It is clear that waiting until a child is seven or eleven to start intervention is often already too late. The older the child, the harder it is for the child to catch up, socially, emotionally and academically.

Research shows that brain development is at its most rapid before a child reaches the age of two. [Click Here]

Ofsted’s survey on ‘Teaching and play in the early years’ [Click Here] shows that the more disadvantaged the child, the more important it is for highly skilled adults to intervene to teach them early on. 

Therefore, joined up working between midwives, health visitors, and early years settings is crucial if we are to reverse the cycle of disadvantage that face many children.

Concerted local effort to work together, across health, education and where necessary social care, is needed to ensure children are given the right opportunities to succeed. This means using data to determine what needs to be done, who should do it and how to check whether actions are having the desired impact. It also means using data for services to work together, but not to replicate each other’s work. Local areas need to highlight success stories through smart evaluations that demonstrate impact.