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Dear Parent/Carers, 
We hope you are keeping safe and well and had a restful half term break. 
In light of the recent Government update, as children will start to return to school on 8th March, we are aware this will be an anxious time for many children and we continue to work closely with the DSPL 8 Team – Carole Hassell, Ruth Mason & Ashley Fabray - to provide support for parents and families.

Further information and booking details are available on the newsletters below or via the DSPL8 Facebook page. 
Website - www.dacorumdspl.org.uk                     
Email – dspl@kls.herts.sch.uk
Facebook - www.facebook.com/dspldacorum 
Instagram – dspl_dacorum 


Speech, Language, Communication and Autism

Educational Psychologists
Use our advice line to speak to an educational psychologist or an advisory teacher if you need support.
Wednesday 2 - 4.30pm
01992 588 574 

Autism Helpline
10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday
0808 800 4104 or via online contact form https://www.autism.org.uk/enquiry 

Helpdesk is open from 9am to 1pm every weekday via 07716 744 662 or
email to  herts@add-vance.org 
Website - www.add-vance.org 
Facebook – www.add-vance.org/parents/ 

Hertfordshire Local Offer
The Local offer lets parents and young people know what special education needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire and who can access them.

Herts Help a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together. We're here to listen and help you find independent support, guidance and information you need to get the most out of life. 
Call us on 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net 

Kids Hub support and information to families with children and young people with SEND.
We are still open and offer support and advice to families over the phone and emails and our SEN Toy and Equipment is still available to parents 
If you would like to get in contact with us please call on 01992 504013/ 01923 676549 or
email us at hub.herts@kids.org.uk 

Hertfordshire SENDIASS is an impartial Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS).
Contact SENDIASS on: sendiass@hertfordshire.gov.uk or 01992 555 847 

Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND) voluntary register of disabled children and young people aged 0-25.
By joining the register, you can get discounts at places around the county (and beyond).
Contact via: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/courses-and-activities-in-hertfordshire/hertfordshire-additional-needs-database.aspx
​or email hand@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Families First Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help.
These are also known as early help services. 
Benefit entitlement
If you care for a child or young person with a disability or if you have a disability yourself, you may be able to claim a range of benefits including Disability Living Allowance and  Carers Allowance.
For more information on available benefits and entitlement go to: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/financial-support 

Carers in Hertfordshire provides advice, information and support to unpaid carers.                      
Website - www.carersinherts.org.uk
Telephone – 01992 586969 (9am-5:30pm Mon-Thurs & 9am-4:30pm Fri) 

Hertfordshire Mind
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and would like someone to talk to, you can call our Crisis Helpline.
Available to provide emotional support 24 hours a day, every day of the week. To contact the helpline please call us on 01923 256391.  

Hertfordshire Wellbeing Service offers free, confidential talking therapy and practical support for people 16+ experiencing a wide range of common emotional difficulties such as, anxiety, worry, low mood, depression and stress. 
Healthy Young Minds in Herts
Wellbeing advice and tools for young people, parents and carers.
Just Talk Herts
Mental Health support and advice for young people.

Family Lives
Parenting and Family support
Helpline 0808 800 2222 


Health Coronavirus

Self-Isolating Guidance

Domestic Abuse Help

Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services
0300 123 4043 

116 123  

0800 1111 

Herts Parent Carer Involvement HPCI
Independent parent carer led organisation which aims to improve services for children and young people who have SEND
07840 360 245

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