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Information about our services for parents

Information about our services for parents

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This page contains information about our services for parents for children at different ages. Universal services includes services and information available to everyone and specialist services show services which provide further support for children and young people referred to our services.

Early years

Universal services – for all children

Health Visitors and Family Nurses

Health Visitors support families with their physical and emotional wellbeing from the antenatal period until children start school.  Health visitors deliver the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Homevisiting (MECSH) programme to some families to support them in their transition to parenthood from pregnancy to aged two. More information on MECSH can be found in our MECSH leaflet. To find out more about the support they offer, or to contact your local team, see our Health Visiting page and our Family Nurse Partnership page. Once children reach school age, they are supported by our School Nurses.

Immunisations  

Find out what immunisations your child needs and at what age on the NHS vaccinations page. If you are not sure if your child is up to date with their vaccines, check their red book or contact your GP.  Flu – your child will be offered the free flu vaccine every year from the age of two until they finish primary school.

Early Years Speech and Language Therapy

Our Speech and Language therapists offer telephone support and drop-in sessions for children up to four years old. You can find details on the service’s web page, along with resources so you can support your child’s language development at home.

You can also make a direct referral into the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service. You can find the referral criteria and form on the link above.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is not a diagnosis and recognising neurodiversity in an individual does not need a diagnostic assessment. Neurodiversity is a term that recognises people experience and respond to the world around them in different ways. For information and resources on autism and neurodiversity needs, see our advice and signposting page.

Specialist services - for children with additional health/developmental needs

Autism

The Specialist Autism Assessment Service accepts referrals for children and young people (age two years four months up to the age of 17 years six months), who are experiencing very significant neurodiversity difficulties associated with suspected autism.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our Early Years Support Practitioners work with families with children up to five years old in Bristol who have additional needs or disabilities. They run groups for SEND children and parents to attend, and offer short-term, one-to-one support to parents who are referred into the service. Find out how to get support from the team Early Years Support Practitioners page.

Our Specialist Health Advisors for SEND also provide the healthcare information local authorities need when carrying out an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment. This animation explains more about our involvement.

Other specialist services provided by Sirona which children may be referred into

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Community paediatrics

Children in Care and Adoption

Lifetime

Neurodevelopmental nursing

Neurodisability Service

The Star Clinic

Primary school age

Universal services – for all children

School nurses

School nurses work alongside children and young people, from the age of four to 19, and their families. They offer support and information around topics such as emotional wellbeing and relationships, sleep and healthy lifestyles.

All children and young people can receive information and support from the School Nursing Service by telephone, by attending one of the School Nurse sessions in their school or by completing the referral form which is available on our School Nursing page, along with the service’s contact details. Parents can also contact the School Nursing Service by completing the referral from on our website.

Immunisations

Flu – your child will be offered the free flu vaccine every year from the age of two until they finish primary school. If your child misses the vaccine in school, is home-educated or cannot accept gelatine, they can attend one of our community clinics to receive the free nasal spray or injectable flu vaccines.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is not a diagnosis and recognising neurodiversity in an individual does not need a diagnostic assessment. Neurodiversity is a term that recognises people experience and respond to the world around them in different way. For information and resources on autism and neurodiversity needs, please see our advice and signposting page.

Specialist services - for children with additional health/developmental needs

Autism

The Specialist Autism Assessment Service accepts referrals for children and young people (age two years four months up to the age of 17 years six months), who are experiencing very significant neurodiversity difficulties associated with suspected autism.

Community Paediatrics

Our Community Paediatricians support children, young people and their families with the management of long-term health problems which may have an impact on other areas of their life.

SEND

Our Specialist Health Advisors for SEND support children and young people who are identified as having additional education, health and care needs.

They provide the healthcare information Local Authorities need when carrying out an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment. This animation explains more about our involvement.


 

Other specialist services provided by Sirona which children may be referred into

School Age Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Children’s Continence Service

Children in Care and Adoption

Neurodevelopmental Nursing

Neurodisability Service

The Star Clinic

Secondary school age

Universal services – for all children

School Nurses

School nurses work alongside children and young people, from the age of four to 19, and their families. They offer support and information around topics such as emotional wellbeing and relationships, sleep, and healthy lifestyles.

Children and young people can receive support from the School Nursing Service by telephone, by attending one of the school nurse sessions in their school or by completing the referral form which is available on our school nursing page, along with the service’s contact details. Parents can also contact the Service by completing the referral from.

Young People aged 11-19 can also contact our School Nursing team anonymously through our ChatHealth text support service on 07312 263093.

Immunisations

Your child will be offered the free flu vaccine at secondary school. If your child is home-educated, missed their vaccine in school, or cannot have gelatine, they can attend one of our community clinics to receive the free flu nasal spray or injectable vaccine.

Students in year 8 (aged 12-13) will be offered the HPV vaccine in school, which offers protection against cancers caused by HPV.

In year 9, students are routinely given the MenACWY vaccine, which offers protection against four strains of meningitis. At the same time, they will receive the teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1, or the Td/IPV vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is not a diagnosis and recognising neurodiversity in an individual does not need a diagnostic assessment. Neurodiversity is a term that recognises people experience and respond to the world around them in different way. For information and resources on autism and neurodiversity needs, please see our advice and signposting page.

Specialist services - for children with additional health/developmental needs

Autism

The Specialist Autism Assessment Service accepts referrals for children and young people (age two years four months up to the age of 17 years six months), who are experiencing very significant neurodiversity difficulties associated with suspected autism.

Community Paediatrics

Our Community Paediatricians support children, young people and their families with the management of long-term health problems which may have an impact on other areas of their life.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our Specialist Health Advisors for SEND support children and young people who are identified as having additional education, health and care needs.

They provide the healthcare information Local Authorities need when carrying out an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment. This animation explains more about our involvement.

Other specialist services provided by Sirona which children may be referred into

School Age Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Children’s Continence Service

Children in Care and Adoption

Neurodevelopmental Nursing

Neurodisability Service

The Star Clinic

16 plus

Universal services – for all children

School Nurses

School nurses work alongside young people, from the age of four to 19, and their families offering support and information around topics such as, emotional wellbeing and relationships And healthy lifestyles.

Young people can contact the school nursing service for information and support by going along to one of our drop-ins at school. A young person, or their parent, can also contact the school nursing service by completing the referral form on our School Nursing page.

Young people aged 11-19 can also text our School Nurses for confidential support via our ChatHealth service on 07312 263093.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is not a diagnosis and recognising neurodiversity in an individual does not need a diagnostic assessment. Neurodiversity is a term that recognises people experience and respond to the world around them in different way. For information and resources on autism and neurodiversity needs, see our advice and signposting page.

Specialist services - for children with additional health/developmental needs

Autism

The Specialist Autism Assessment Service accepts referrals for children and young people (age two years four months up to the age of 17 years six months), who are experiencing very significant neurodiversity difficulties associated with suspected autism.

Community Paediatrics

Our Community Paediatricians support children, young people and their families with the management of long-term health problems which may have an impact on other areas of their life.

SEND

Our Specialist Health Advisors for SEND support children and young people who are identified as having additional education, health and care needs.

They provide the healthcare information Local Authorities need when carrying out an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment. This animation explains more about our involvement.

Other specialist services provided by Sirona which children may be referred into

School Age Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Children’s Continence Service

Children in Care and Adoption

Neurodevelopmental Nursing

Neurodisability Service

The Star Clinic

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