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Monday, 15 September 2014

New additional support needs map of services

Written by The Editorial Team

Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs in Scotland can now access an interactive 'map of provision' which shows what services are available in their area.

The map called 'Find a Service' was developed by Enquire amd features 20 different categories of 1000 services for children and young people who have additional support needs.

Managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, the service aims to provide impartial and accurate information to parents and carers.

Enquire also provide a range of clear and easy to read guides and factsheets explaining everything from how to find out if your child needs extra help at school to what should happen when they leave school.

The development of the map was one of 21 recommendations from the strategic review of learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs. The final report  from the review, The Right Help at the right time and right place, published in November 2012, highlighted the “fight” some parents faced to obtain help and advice.

Sally Cavers, Enquire’s manager, explains a bit more about the resource: “We were delighted to support and now deliver on this recommendation from the Doran review and have used our experience and knowledge to pull together and collate this information for parents across Scotland. We hope this map of services saves parents time, presents key information in a clear way and becomes a very well used resource for everyone supporting children with additional support needs”.

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