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Complex Health Needs

Some children and young people experience different health concerns (sometimes resulting in a diagnosis) which can have a significant impact on their childhood experience. This can be a very worrying and scary time for you and your child.

Things You Can Do To Help

  • Remember, even if your child is unwell or going through a difficult time, you can still encourage play, chat with them, and give them opportunities to have fun 
  • Discuss your questions and concerns with a medical professional, such as your GP or your child's named doctor, and ensure you understand your child's plan of care
  • Write down your concerns to discuss at your next appointment
  • Make a book about your child: their likes, dislikes, medical condition, anything that will help professionals and other people understand your child’s needs
  • If your child has support from health professionals and any specialist sensory support then there is a key worker scheme that you can access. To find out more *Click Here*

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE

If you are concerned about your child, a member of our 0-19 team is able to complete an assessment.  They can refer to other services as needed, including: community paediatrician, speech and language therapy, hearing assessment, and vision assessment.

We now offer an additional contact to all children and young people with additional needs and disabilities within Norfolk *download the PDF below*

 

Other people who may be able to help:

  • Your child’s nursery, preschool, or childminder
  • Health professionals involved in your child’s care.

*Available to download below*

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