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Getting help early

Children of any age can experience problems at times, and parents or carers can’t always meet their needs by themselves. When children do require some extra support it’s always best to put help in place before things worse.

Throughout your child’s life there are people around you can go to get advice, guidance and support, for example:

  • Midwives
  • Health Visitors, GPs
  • Children’s Centres, nurseries
  • Schools
  • Other workers you might be in contact with such as Youth Workers, PSCOs or Housing Officers
  • Safe 4 Me includes information and resources from Hampshire Constabulary to raise awareness of law and consequences to promote safe and healthy choices

Go to the Family Information Service website for more information.  There is also help for families and young people in Portsmouth from the Early Help and Prevention Team.  Click here for more information.

If you are worried about the safety of a child go to the worried about a child page

Local Offer

The local offer website is a collaboration between parents and carers of disabled children, young people and Portsmouth City Council to help you find what is available in the area for those with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (ages 0-25) and how to access a variety of services.  These range from health, social care and education to respite, leisure facilities, support groups and the voluntary sector.

Local Parenting Surgeries

Parents who do not have a lead professional working with their family can contact the family hub to book a session at a parenting surgery.  These are available at Portsmouth Family Hubs and are for parents of school aged children.  These 30 minutes slots offer an opportunity to discuss specific behaviour issues and understand what is on offer in the city. Parents may receive some direct tools and strategies or be signposted to the program of discussion group which run across the city.

Alternatively parents can book directly onto the topic based discussion groups.