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The Local Offer
As well as the information listed on this directory, Brighton & Hove has published its Local Offer to tell you what services are available for children or young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or a disability. The Local Offer covers health, education, social care and the voluntary sector.
As a Local Authority, we have listened to parents and carers and they have told us that it can often be difficult to find out what is available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability and their families. The Local Offer makes it much easier to find out about this information as it is all together in one place.
The Local Offer helps  you to understand what services you can expect from a range of local agencies, including your statutory entitlements, eligibility & referral criteria. The Local Offer  also makes clear what is available from early years settings, schools (including Academies and Free Schools), colleges and other services including those from health and social care.

What to do if you are worried about your child
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, your first port of call should be your health visitor, your child’s teacher or your GP. They may be able to reassure you or arrange some support for your child in the community.
Parents and carers can ask any professional who knows their child to complete a referral form and send it to the team at Seaside View – the Integrated Child Development and Disability Service. Parents and carers are also welcome to contact Seaside View directly for more information.

Amaze
Amaze is a small local charity making a big difference. It provides information, advice and support to parents of children aged 0 to 19 with disabilities or special needs.
The charity’s ‘front door’ is a telephone helpline where parents can leave a message, or talk direct to a helpline worker from 9.30am-12 noon Monday to Thursday and in term time 12 – 5pm on Tuesday and 5.30-8pm on Thursdays.
Other Amaze services include one-to-one support with DLA applications, education issues and transition to adulthood; workshops and training for parents; and a wide range of useful information, including two comprehensive handbooks and fact sheets on key issues. Amaze also hosts the PaCC, the local parent carers council where parent carers come together to have a voice on the issues that matter to them.
Free and discounted activities
Amaze also provides the Compass Card, a leisure incentive card for children and young people aged 0-19 with significant special needs. The card offers free or discounted entry to venues across the city. The Compass Card also includes Compass Card Activities. These are activities supported by Amaze that provide teachers or coaches with special needs experience and discounts for Compass Card holders when there’s a charge.
Call the Amaze helpline on 01273 772289 for more information, or visit their website.

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