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Children with Additional Needs

If your child has a disability or an additional need, the future can sometimes feel like a challenge, but you are not alone. There is support out there and services available - you just need to know where to look. A good starting point is The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs



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Dewis Cymru is the national site for wellbeing services across Wales, you can search for events, activities and family fun as well as support services all in one place!


Get information about advice and guidance available for children with additional needs in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs

Administered by the Family Information Service and funded by Families First Welsh Government funding.


The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs provides up to date information about services, events and activities for you and your child. 


By adding your child to The Index, you will receive regular information about activities, services and support for you and your child.


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You can also contact The Index Officer to request any information or help:


Contact Us:

  • 0800 5871014
  • Vale Family Information Service
  • @ValeFIS
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Support within Education


As a parent or carer, you might be concerned your child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN). A child or young person has ALN if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream maintained school or Further Education Institution

You can find information and guidance for children and young people who need extra support to learn: 


Additional Learning Needs




Sports and Play Opportunities

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The Sports and Play Development Team create opportunities and initiatives all year round for people of all ages and abilities to take part in activities. 


There is a Disability Sports Directory for the Vale of Glamorgan providing information on all of the sports clubs which are accessible for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.


Sports and Play Development

Disability Sports Directory



Support for Unpaid Carers

Carers' Services provides information on support groups and services available for carers in the Vale of Glamorgan


Visit the Carers' Services pages for the latest news, events and information including training opportunities and support services for parent carers and Young Carers.


Carers' Services Homepage


If you are providing unpaid care for a child with additional needs, you are entitled to an assessment of your own needs for help and support.


Find out more about a Carer's Assessments.


Child Health and Disability Team

The Child Health and Disability Team provide a variety of support to disabled children. 

Their services is aimed at children who are aged between 0 and 18 years and who have a learning difficulty or a significant physical or sensory impairment: 

Child Health and Disability Team