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Sometimes families need a bit of extra support when things get tough. There are various support networks for parents and families both nationally and locally.

In this section you will find details of a variety of family services and further advice and guidance pages listed below. 


SEND and the LOCAL OFFER

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If your child has an additional need or a disability you may be interested in viewing the Local Offer for Southend. 

 View the SEND Local Offer  - click here

PAGE UPDATED FEBRUARY 2016

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A Better Start

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A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of transforming services for very young children.

Listening to, learning from and supporting local people

We want to give local children the best possible start in life. There’s lots of evidence to show that involving people in designing the services they use makes services better.  Parents and carers will be involved every step of the way with A Better Start: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and working alongside paid staff and volunteers to help us test good ideas in practice. 

We’re aiming to make a difference in three areas of children’s lives:

  • Social and emotional development: We want Southend’s children to enjoy good relationships with the people around them, to grow up in loving families and to develop the skills that will help them make stable relationships in future.
  • Communications and Language: We want all children to be able to use speech and language skills confidently so that they are ready to learn and able to succeed when they start school.
  • Diet and nutrition: We want all of our children to be healthy because their mums enjoyed a balanced diet during pregnancy and carried on to give them a healthy start in their early years.

At the start we are focusing on families in six local wards – Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness.

Find out more about A Better Start Southend on our website, Facebook page or email us.

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