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  • Young Experts Group - Southend (YEGS)

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    So what is YEGS? ‘Young Experts Group – Southend’ , or ‘YEGS’, is the new Looked After Children's Council, which encourages Young People that are involved with the Local Authority to be part of changes and development for Southend Borough Council. The YEGs are involved…

  • Children with Disabilities - Short Breaks

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    SHORT BREAKS Carers need breaks from caring and children need experiences outside their immediate family. Short breaks, including those outside the family home, should be provided when these meet an assessed need. The need for a short break should be seen as an opportunity to…

  • My story so far.....

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    These are all recent studies from families who have had a postive experience of the Portage Service. They are real situations but names have been omitted to protect people's privacy. Feedback for Portage Service  

  • National and Local News Items

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      James Ireland is a local young person raising awareness of the lack of disabled sports being routinely shown on national television.  To watch James on ITV Anglia news click on the follow link:  Click Here James has been working with the Fixers Project who are young people using their…

  • NSPCC Talking PANTS

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    Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. Get together and singalong with Pantosaurus above to get the conversation started. Take our quiz below to test your PANTS knowledge and download…

  • Young Children's Voices Network

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    Young Children's Voices Network  Developing a Listening Culture - For all those working with and for young children aged birth to five Young children, practitioners (all those working directly with young children) and parents have experiences and views to share that can help shape the…

  • Types of Childcare

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    Choosing the right childcare for you and your child can be a confusing time. There are many different types of childcare offering both Full Day Care and Sessional Care within a setting or a home environment. You may also wish to consider childcare from the child's perspective…

  • How do I apply for school transport?

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    Please read the following carefully before making any application, and read the Low Income Criteria download at the bottom of the page to see if you qualify as a Low Income Household. For FAQ's please download the Frequently Asked Questions Primary and Secondary Schools You qualify for travel…

  • Money Matters

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      Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main Government benefit for children under 16 who have a disability or serious illness.  You don't have to wait for a diagnosis to make a claim; however you will have to show your child needs substantially more care, attention…

  • Southend Carers Forum

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    Offers a range of services to support Carers looking after friends, family, children or neighbours. Southend Carers Forum exists to help carers, by providing services on the issues that concern them most, irrespective of age, group, social, ethnic, cultural and religious background. Services such as: …