How health professionals support children and young people with SEND

Who’s involved in providing support and care, and how health professionals can help you and your child.

About health professionals

If your child needs extra help because they have special educational needs or a disability, they may need support from a range of different health professionals.

This may include your GP, paediatricians, therapists, clinical psychologists, dieticians and specialist nurses such as health visitors, school nurses and community children’s nursing teams.

You can use the SEND directory to find a GP.

When these professionals work together they are sometimes called a multi-disciplinary team.

Many of these teams are located in Seaside View Child Development Centre. This is where children are assessed when there are concerns about their development. Health professionals work together to support and treat your child. 

Learn more about the specialist health services at Seaside View.

Contact have produced a booklet about the different types of health professionals and how they can help.

Support from health professionals

Health professionals working with you will be able to:

  • tell you where you can get support for your child and family
  • answer any questions you have
  • explain about symptoms and medication
  • organise any reviews and checks
  • provide health reports for EHC needs assessments
  • teach you how to support your child’s communication and language development

Contact a health professional

If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency, go to 111.nhs.uk or phone 111.

If it's an emergency, phone 999 or go to your nearest A&E (Accident and Emergency).

You can get contact information for your GP and other health services on the NHS website.