Additional Needs


If you or someone in your family has an additional need and/or a disability it can often make life more complicated, particularly when trying to find the right care and support. Military life can add to this difficulty with frequent moves and often being away from family and friends. Whether the additional need is physical (including an acute or chronic illness), educational (SEN), emotional (including mental health illness) or a combination of these there is support available both from the chain of command and outside agencies. AFF is also here to help, so if you are a having any problems or have concerns about the support you are receiving please contact Karen Ross, the Health and Additional Needs Specialist at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk or call 07552 861 983

It is very important to register a family members additional need and /or disability with the chain of command, so that they are aware that your family may require extra support sometimes. There are a number of organisations that can assist you or offer you support such as the MOD, Government, Local Authority (LA), NHS and specific charities.

On this page:

Families Resilience Courses from the Royal British Legion
Military Support
Additional Needs Adaptations (ANA) to Service Families Accommodation (SFA)
Government Support
Local Authority and NHS Support
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
SEND Local Offer
Short Breaks (Respite Care)
Charitable and Other Support
Contesting Decisions

 

Families Resilience Courses from the Royal British Legion

If a serving member of the your family is currently wounded, injured or sick, or is caring for a partner or child in need of support, why not bid for a place at the Battle Back Centre in Shropshire. Click here for the flyer.

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Military Support

JSP 820 is the authoritative policy and guidance on the support available to Service personnel and their family member(s) who may have additional needs and/or a disability. The aim of this policy is to provide guidance and to inform you about the role of the single Services. Your soldier can access JSP 820 via the Defence Intranet. Read more

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Additional Needs Adaptations (ANA) to Service Families Accommodation (SFA)

AFF is delighted that CarillionAmey (CA) has now published some infographics that provide guidance on the additional needs adaptation process. Read more

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Government Support

Disability Related Benefits and Allowances in the UK and overseas 
There are a number of benefits and allowances that you may be entitled to... Read more

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Local Authority and NHS Support

Information on support available Read more

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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Department for Education has issued a guide for parents and carers on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The guide explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities works. It provides information about the changes to the system that occurred on the 1st September 2014. This guide should be read alongside the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0 to 25. For more information on Special Educational Needs (SEN), click here.

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SEND Local Offer

The Children and Families Act 2014 gave local authorities a statutory duty to produce a 'Local Offer' for children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) from 0 to 25. You should be able to find the Local Offer on your local authority website or on the Local Offer website. 

If you are experiencing problems with the new Education Health Care Plan (ECHP) or you cannot find the information you need on the Local Offer or you would like more information about it please contact Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk or Lucy Scott at ec@aff.org.uk.

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Short Breaks (Respite Care)

Short Breaks used to be known as respite care and Social Services should assess whether your child is entitled to them. Search for your local Council or Borough and they should provide details of the short breaks or respite they offer for children with additional needs and disability and give information on the assessment process or visit the SENDirect website.   

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Charitable and Other Support

There are a large number of charities that can support adults and children with additional needs (see links for some of them). There are some charities that offer specific support to Service families who have a family member with additional needs and/or disability and these are...Read more

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Contesting Decisions

It can be very difficult and challenging when you do not receive the support you need either from the military chain of command, the local authority or other organisations. Occasionally this may be as a result of misunderstanding Army life or the policies that govern it. Read more

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