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This section gives you information about health services for children and young people including specialist nursing, therapies (e.g. physiotherapy, speech and language therapy), Child and Adolescent Mental Health and audiology and tells you how you can get help from them. 

"Simply click on the relevant links below and the links within them to find out more". 

This section also provides information about services provided by Brighter Futures for Children

Updated - February 2023

Health Services

There are many Health Services available to support children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. In Reading, some of these services are provided by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and some are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBH)

Children's Services - 0-18

There are a range of services available to families through Brighter Futures for Children, where they can offer support and help, and you don’t have to be in a crisis to ask for this help.

Universal help for children and families can be accessed by contacting the Family Information Service - 0118 9373777 (option 2) or visit

Specialist help and support can be accessed through Early Help by contacting the Children's Action Teams using their Early Help Assessment or by calling 0118 9373641. Further information & Support can be found here Information for Parents and Carers

The Children and Young People’s Disabilities Team assesses and supports children and young people between the ages of 0-18. The team comprises of Social Care professionals and Occupational Therapists.

Adult Services - 18+

From the age of 18-25 young adults are supported by the Adult Social Care Team. Tel: 0118 9373747

Adult Social Care Services -

Other Organisations

There are other organistaions within the community who can also offer help and support this includes services offered by the voluntary sector. Please use the view all services to access service record information. 

Guide to accessing social care - Developed by Reading Families Forum & BFfC


Produced by Reading Families’ Forum for parent carers with the help of Brighter Futures for Children - click here to view the guide.

Related Advice

SEND Guide for Parent Carers Children & Young People’s Disabilities Team (CYPDT) Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) Children's Action Teams (CATs) Speech and Language Young People & Mental Health Health Services (NHS) in Reading Dynamic Support Register (DSR), Care, Education and Treatment Reviews (CETR) Help from your GP Berkshire West Keyworking programme: for children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism Learning Disabilities information page: Day Services and List of local Day Activities Transition from Children to Adult Health Services - Ready Steady Go! Transition from Paediatric to Adult Health Services - Ready Steady Go! Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) SEND Pre-Diagnosis - Are you Concerned about your child? Reading Borough Council Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Disagreements, Mediation, Tribunals & Appeals Learning Disabilities: Annual Health Checks NHS Long Term Plan


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Contact the Team

Family Information Service 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

SEND Local Offer 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

Adult & Carers Support 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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