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The Lighthouse Child Development Centre

The centre is a bright, modern, child and parent friendly purpose built venue.  The centre provides services for children up to the age of 16.  They provide specialised outpatient care for those with significant delay in more than one area of development and have or are likely to require the support from more than one secondary agency, service or discipline. 

The centre functions as a multi-agency facility for the benefit of children and their families. The centre provides an environment that is conducive to multi-agency working and supports the Team around the Child concept.

For families requiring a multi-agency approach, there is an identified key worker and the LCDC will work in partnership with colleagues in the community both locally and further afield.

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Southend's Children and Families Information Point

All information within the Local Offer is to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND) and their families.  The Local Offer and its sub sections contain what is known as targeted/specialist information.

For any further information about the SEND and the Local Offer, please visit: 

NELFT’s new Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) is now live

EWMHS BOOKLETAs of 1 November 2015, all Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock is called Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people.

NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people, already providing these services to children and young people in four London boroughs. It is also one of England’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts, providing community health services for children and young people with physical health needs in south west Essex, and in the four London boroughs of Barking, Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The new service is for anybody aged between 0-18 living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry.The service is also for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.

Contacting the new EWMHS from 1 November 2015

There is just one main EWMHS number to remember. Call 0300 3001600 to access the EWMHS during working hours 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday.

For the out of hours Crisis Support Service, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 to be put through to NELFT’s EWMHS Crisis Support Service.

Click here to download the information booklet on the new service.

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