Support for families of children with neurodevelopmental differences/ additional needs in Norfolk

Support for families of children with neurodevelopmental differences / additional needs in Norfolk 

This information sheet is for families who are worried about autism/ADHD/additional needs. The services below are here to support you on your journey. Please reach out to them for help.

Although a clinical assessment for neurodevelopmental differences such as autism or ADHD is helpful for some families, a diagnosis is not required to access SEND support. It is important to remember that having a name for your child’s condition does not change who they are. It is helpful to think about what goals you and they are aiming for so that you can access the support available to help achieve these goals.

General advice and support

  • Just One Norfolk is the ‘go to’ health website for Norfolk and Waveney families and includes a range of information and support for families to access including sleep issues, parent, and child emotional health. Telephone 0300 300 0123.
  • Ambitious About Autism guide to autism in the early years provides guidance and practical support about autism for families of children under 5 years old.

Support for my child/ young person in school

Support for myself and my family

Support for my child with sleep difficulties

Support for my child/ young person with mental health difficulties
·         Just One Norfolk mental health support. All referrals for mild to moderate mental health support for 0-25 year olds are processed by Just One Number. Self-referral is available. The team will then allocate to the most appropriate service and update you.

·         Discovery College offers free educational online courses and webinars on mental health topics for 16 – 25 year olds.

·         This May Help – advice for supporting your child’s mental health.

·         Childline – call 0800 1111.

·         Papyrus – prevention of young suicide – call 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967.

·         Samaritans – call 116 123 or email

Support for my child/young person in mental health crisis

If at serious risk of imminent harm dial 999 or attend nearest Accident and Emergency department.

Information about the neurodevelopmental condition assessment pathway

  • ·See the Norfolk County Council Local Offer website for advice for parents seeking assessments for neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • Family Action provide a support service for both parents of children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney who are awaiting assessment by the Neurodevelopmental Service or who have been diagnosed with ASD or ADHD. Parents can access workshops, support groups, courses and individual support and advice in matters relating to their child’s needs.

Support with Education Health and Care Plan processes