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Early Help Support for families

The Early Help Service works in partnership with other professionals, parents and carers to intervene early when families need more support. The aim is to address problems at the earliest opportunity - before they can escalate - and to enable families to support their children to…

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” (World Health Organisation, Fact sheet N°241, 2010). Female Genital mutilation is…

Find out about Special Educational Needs

Welcome to the main Special Educational Needs information page on the Local Offer. Here you can find out about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), how we identify children and young people with SEND and how we plan support. Most children with SEND can get…

Foods to avoid giving your baby

Salt Babies shouldn't eat much salt, as it isn't good for their kidneys. Don't add salt to your baby's food and don't use stock cubes or gravy, as they're often high in salt. Remember this when you're cooking for the family, if you plan to give the same food…

Forced Marriage

What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is where one (or both) of the spouses does not want to get married and is forced or coerced into it. In cases where someone has disabilities, they may not have the capacity to consent to marry.…

Fostering and adoption

Fostering a child is an exciting and highly rewarding experience for anyone wanting to make a difference to the life of a child or young person. Our fostering pages tell you all about fostering with us. If you can offer a child a permanent, caring and…

Fostering in Waltham Forest

Fostering a child is an exciting and highly rewarding experience for anyone wanting to make a difference to the life of a child or a young adult. Thinking of fostering with Waltham Forest?Make an enquiry or register online and one of our team will contact…

Guidance to your child’s learning and development

What to expect, when? A parents guide is a booklet that has been designed to help parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than…

Guide to threshold and practice: information for professionals

A guide to thresholds and practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest. We have developed a single front door into early help and children's social care. If a child is at immediate risk of harm please use the emergency number 999 or…

Harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people

Problematic and harmful sexual behaviour can involve one or more children engaging in sexual discussions or acts that are inappropriate for their age or stage of development. These can range from using sexually explicit words and phrases to full penetrative sex with other children or…
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