You are well placed to determine whether your child is struggling or not. Signs that you can look out for include your child:
- doing or saying things that are out of character
- finding it difficult to sleep
- avoiding social situations
- gaining no pleasure from the things they used to enjoy.
Remember that everyone experiences changes in moods and might feel low or angry or nervous at times. Also bear in mind that throughout adolescence changes in moods and behaviours may be considered ‘normal’. If, however, the above behaviours / feelings are persistent and are preventing your child from living a happy and rewarding life then it might be time to seek help.
Early Help Hubs/Early Help Referrals
The Supporting Families Partnership aims to help families who would benefit from extra support. This support is carried out through existing family services, such as Early Help or social work. The approach is about working with the whole family. It looks at:
- the strengths of each family
- what each family finds challenging
- what changes can be put in place to improve family wellbeing.
If you are a parent or carer of a child who you feel would benefit from this kind of support, please ask your child’s school or other involved professional to make a referral to the early intervention hub, or you can make a referral of your own. Referral leaflets and forms can be found at: www.northumberland.gov.uk
Sure Start Children's Centres
Sure Start promotes the physical, intellectual, and social development of babies and young children so they can thrive at home and at school. This is achieved by offering support and development activities to families, and co-ordinating a range of services for children under five.
Sure Start Children’s Centres:
- provide Learning Together Through Play sessions for mums, dads, carers and their children
- provide opportunities for families to develop new skills
- offer outreach and home visiting and services for children and parents who need it through the ‘early help’ process
- provide early learning opportunities for pre-school children.
Look at the services available in your area, including the parent drop-in sessions that may be of interest to you.
North Locality (Berwick, Wooler, Almwick)
Main Address: Berwick Children’s Centre, Ladywell Place, Tweedmouth, TD15 2AE
Main Contact: 01670 620 461
Central Locality (Ashington, Bedlington, Morpeth)
Main Address: Ashington Children’s Centre, Alexandra Road, Ashington, NE63 9EF
Main Contact: 01670 819988
South East Locality (Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Valley)
Main Address: Blyth Central Children’s Centre, 103 Wright Street, Blyth, NE24 1HG
Main Contact: 01670 798800
West Locality (Hexham, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Haltwhistle, Bellingham)
Main Address: Hexham Children’s Centre, Beaufront Avenue, Hexham, NE46 1JD
Main Contact: 01434 601698
Northumberland Information Advice and Support Service
Northumberland Information, Advice and Support Service is a free, confidential and impartial service for children and young people (up to 25 years) with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), and their parents and carers.
If you are a parent or carer of a child whose wellbeing if affected by a special educational need then you can contact NIASS for advice and support at: www.northumberlandiass.org.uk
ASD Specialist Teaching Team
This service offers Cygnet Training for parents of children who have received a diagnosis of ASD from either Northumberland Children and Young People's Service (CYPS) or Northumberland Early Communication Clinic. Parent/carers can request a place on the course by completing the form below.
Cygnet Training Request Form
Cygnet Training Information for Parents
The Education Welfare Service
The team offers advice and signposting to parents and carers in relation to school attendance, elective home education and children missing education: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the school thinks that your child would benefit from some support from an Educational Psychologist, then it will organise this for you. In this short video you can meet Gillian Shotton, who will explain the type of work she does with children and young people in Northumberland.