The service provides early support for children aged 0 to 5 years old with disabilities and special needs.
How can Surrey Early Support Service help my family?
Our aim is to work with you to make your life a little bit easier. Life can be very challenging when you have a child with complex needs or a disability which may impact on the whole family. There may be a large number of people and services involved and we can help you by coordinating these services with you.
What does Early Support do?
- visit you at home
- keep in touch with you regularly, not just when there is a problem
- offer information, advice and practical support about local services
- tell you about and support you to access help that is available
- ensure everyone is working together by organising an Early Support Team Around the Family meeting.
How can I get this support?
To refer to this service, please ask a professional working with your family to email the completed 'Request for Support' form (WORD) to firstname.lastname@example.org – clearly stating that you would like a referral into the Early Support Team.
To find out if your family is eligible for our support, speak to someone who is supporting your child such as a health visitor, therapist, local Children's Centre worker, portage worker etc.
What happens after a referral?
The Early Support Service will contact you and arrange to come and visit you at home. We will discuss with you the level of support that is right for your family, who will be involved and for how long.
Early Support referral criteria
- Child with complex health needs, disabilities and/or special educational needs aged 0 to 5 years (a diagnosis is not required).
- Three or more specialist health/education professionals involved (or referred to).
- Parent/carer gives permission for Early Support to be involved.
- Family in need of regular input to increase resilience and improve child's outcomes due to significant social, financial, health and/or community challenges.
- A professional working with the child/family can make a referral via an Early Help Assessment. State in the Action Plan that the family wishes to be referred to Early Support.
Contact the Early Support Coordinator regarding referrals for life limited children, babies with complex needs on discharge from hospital and new to area children. An Early Help Assessment may not be needed in these cases.