BNSSG Healthier Together

Neurodiversity Transformation Programme

Advice and guidance for families

Local children and young people are experiencing lengthy waits for autism and ADHD assessment so it is vital that families do not put off seeking help and support while they are waiting for an assessment. There is a range of useful strategies which can be put in place to support a child at home, in school and in other settings, without requiring a formal diagnosis.

The following websites offer detailed advice on the local support available and how to access it.

Sirona care & health

Sirona care & health is the NHS community health services provider for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The Children & Young People’s Services section of the Sirona website provides a wealth of information, advice and guidance for parents and carers of children and young people who need extra support.

Other pages in the Neurodiversity
Transformation Programme section:

Local Offer

All local authorities publish a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) website called the ‘Local Offer’. This provides a single source of information about local services and support for children and young people from birth to 25 years who have SEND.

Parent Carer Forums

Parent Carer Forums work to represent the collective voice and offer support to parent carers of children and young people 0-25 years, with additional needs and/or disabilities. Working alongside the local authorities, education, health and other organisations the forums ensure the needs of the community are being met in the design of services. The local PCF websites provide information on how to have your say and the types of support available, including workshops, online support sessions and resources.

SEND and You

SEND and You is the information, advice and support service for children and young people with SEND and their families in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.