SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

What are additional needs?

If your child has a health or developmental condition that is impacting on their everyday life, this is often referred to as an additional need. This may have been present from birth or these may have become more obvious as your child has grown up.

Your child's additional needs could be developmental, physical, learning, behavioural or sensory. Their needs might be easily met with a regular plan of care or a creative approach to their management. Some additional needs may continue throughout life and as a family there will be times you may require support from a number of services.

All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential. We work together with other agencies to ensure that the right professionals are involved at the right time to meet the needs of you and your child.

What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? Watch this short video produced by Nasenonline [opens in new window]

What is an Education, Health and Social Care (EHC) plan? A short video produced by Council for Disabled Children [opens in new window]

Growing Up with Additional Needs 

In the early days when your child is being assessed or has a new diagnosis there can seem a lot of professionals involved in your child’s care.

As your child grows the amount of professionals tends to get less. This can be a big relief and lets you ‘get on’ with family life, but it can feel harder to know how to get the help when you need it. The Worcestershire Local Offer [opens in new window] is a directory of local support services available.

There are local services to help your child and family as listed below. The Starting Well Partnership is here to offer support and advice for all children and families aged 0-19 years.

Support offered by The Starting Well Partnership

We keep in closer contact with families with a child with additional needs and refer on to other agencies to ensure a seamless service throughout your child’s journey. We can call you by phone or offer a video appointment. If required we can book a face to face contact and we can come up with a plan of care together, this plan of care will often involve referral to other agencies in order to provide the most appropriate support for you and your child.

Remember you can call the telephone advice line to talk to a member of the public health nursing team about any concerns at any time on the 0-5 telephone advisory service 0300 1239551.  There is also lots of information about the health and development of children on our webpage for all parents. You will also find some extra resources for parents of children and young people with additional needs on the Worcestershire Local offer website.

For young people aged 11-19 we have our free confidential Chat Health text service which can be accessed on 07507331750 where a member of the school health nursing team can answer any questions you may have.  Find out more about ChatHealth in this short Youtube clip [opens in new window]

We are currently piloting the 2 ½ year integrated review which involves an integrated approach to reviewing children’s development between your child’s early years setting and the health visiting team. This will soon be rolled out countywide for all Worcestershire children. Find out more about the 2 ½ year integrated review.

Support Groups

Action For Children - Virtual Support Groups for parents and carers of children with Additional Needs from birth right through to adulthood.

There are several sessions available and are held to cover Malvern, Worcester and Wychavon geographically. We have different days and times available to try and accommodate as many people as we can and benefit from a vast number of guest speakers during our sessions who hold a vast wealth of knowledge and experiences.

These sessions are for any parent or carer to attend and is a safe place. If you require any more information or would like to discuss dates and times, please get in contact with either of the contacts below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

FACE TO FACE: As soon as it is safe to do so; we will be holding face-to-face sessions.

Contact information

Barnardo's - Peer support group for parents/carers of children with SEND in Wyre Forest

The group has been set up by parents and volunteers to share information, gain support and socialise. Your child does not require a diagnosis for you to attend.

The group will meet between 9:30am-11:00am at the Brookside Family Hub in Kidderminster. Sessions are planned to take place on;

  • Wednesday 20th October
  • Wednesday 3rd November
  • Wednesday 17th November
  • Wednesday 1st December

In line with the current COVID-19 guidance, 15 parents/carers can meet.  To find out more and book a place, contact your local Family Hub or email our team.

Download our PDF flyer to print and display

SEN stay and playgroup for 0-5's in the Wyre Forest

Little Bees stay and play group for children 0-5 years with additional needs (no diagnosis required). Thursdays during term time (starting Thursday 4th November) 1:00-2:30pm at The Scout Hut, Hoo Road, Kidderminster DY10 1LB.

For further information please contact Brookside Family Hub on 01562 827207 or email

Download and print the SEN stay and play group for 0-5's in the Wyre Forest poster.

Training for parents and carers

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Groups and activities for young people with SEND

There are lots of groups and activities open to any child or young person who has a special educational need and/or disability. Families can access these groups and activities themselves and will need to pay a contribution to attend most groups.

Some groups are run by specially trained staff which means that parent carers do not have to stay with their children. You or a carer might have to stay with your child at other groups, depending on the group or the needs of your child.

You can also search for after school and holiday provision using the Worcestershire Children First childcare search engine This search engine also enables you to search for SEND specific after-school clubs and playschemes.  

You can find further information on support groups and holiday activities on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire SENDIASS A-Z of support page under the categories, play and recreation and holiday activities.