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2YO Partnership Pathway

Working together to give Waltham Forest families the best start in their children’s lives. The 2YO Partnership Pathway has been developed jointly by the local authority, health and children and family centre services. The intention of this pathway to give Waltham Forest families the best…

30 hours of free childcare for working parents

All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education and childcare a year. This is usually offered as 15 hours per week for up to 38 weeks a year and is known as the…

About the Local Offer

The local offer is a guide to all the services that are available for children and young people in Waltham Forest with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from birth to 25. We developed our Local Offer with you (parents, carers, and children and young…

Adopting in Waltham Forest

If you’re aged 21 or over and can offer a child love and support in stable and nurturing home, you can apply to adopt. In Waltham Forest there are children of different ages and sibling groups from many different backgrounds who need homes.

Asperger syndrome

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be…

Assistance with travel

Nearly all types of disabilities and impairments can make travelling and getting around a challenge. There are a number of support services available that can provide valuable assistance.  Find out about the most common types of support available below. Please be advised that the linked…

Blind or Visually Impaired Services

All children and young people who live in London Borough of Waltham Forest who are blind or visually impaired can access support from Joseph Clarke Service for the Visually Impaired (a Certificate of  Vision Impairment is not required). Click here to find out more about…

Carers

You’re a carer if you regularly look after someone without payment who: is ill is disabled or frail has an addiction or mental health issues cannot manage such things as washing, cooking, eating, cleaning or getting about without your help you provide emotional or other…

Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Child protection

If you feel that a child or young person is at risk of significant harm please report your concerns.  Concerns or allegations against a professional or volunteer working with children should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Child sexual exploitation is a form of…
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