Universal services are everyday activities or events that are used as short break opportunities by most children, young people and their families. The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities are able to, and, where possible should, in the first instance, access a short break opportunity by using free or affordable local services within their local communities, such as:
Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Girl Guides, before and after school clubs, various leisure activities, Libraries, community sports centre activities, Youth Activities, family activity days/events, group-based activities, early year’s childcare and a range of support and activities delivered by voluntary and community groups.
For information about universal services available, please follow the link below to search the FISH directories on the FISH website:
Families Information Service Hub (FISH) (external council website)
Alternatively, please contact FISH on (01482) 396469.
Universal services should be inclusive and open to all children and young people including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Services have a duty to make reasonable adjustments and must not treat anyone less favourably. However, not all universal services may be suitable for everyone. Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents and carers can contact the service providers directly to discuss:
- what is on offer
- any eligibility criteria
- the needs they can support
- the availability of spaces
- any fees.
Access by children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
East Riding of Yorkshire Council can provide advice to service providers through to FISH, to help more services enable children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, have access to their provision. If you find a service that you think could benefit from having advice on how to adjust their provision – please ask them to contact the FISH Team who will offer their help.
Tel: (01482) 396469.
Additional help to use Universal Services
If a child or young person has difficulty accessing universal services this should be discussed with the service provider first. You can ask that the service provider undertake a risk assessment to help identify the issues and explore next steps.
If Universal activities and services are not able to meet your child’s needs, please look at the support and services available within the Targeted Services.
Targeted services are short break opportunities suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities with high needs, who require additional support.
Examples are specialist holiday play schemes; group based day care; individual day care; a range of supported leisure clubs/activities including youth theatres, soft play, music groups and other family activity groups.
For a full range of activities for children and young people with special educational need and disabilities, please search the Activities listed in the Local Offer website directory.
A full range of targeted support and services is available on the following Local Offer pages:
Local Offer - Early years and childcare
Local Offer - Support for parent carers
Local Offer - Nursing and health visitors
Local Offer - Education
Local Offer - Money matters
Local Offer - Leisure
Local Offer - Moving to adulthood - Community inclusion
Local Links (external website)
Alternatively, contact Families Information Service Hub (FISH) on (01482) 396469.
All children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities should try universal and targeted activities and services initially. Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities cannot access specialist services without an assessment.
For further details and information on specialist services that aim to support children and young people with high and exceptional needs, please contact FISH on (01482) 396469 or please find further information relating to the eligibility for an assessment on the Local Offer:
The following East Riding Local Offer page has a general overview of some of the support available if a child or young person has had a ‘Single Assessment’ which could be undertaken by either a Social Worker or the Children’s Disability and Health Team:
Accessing overnight short breaks:
Accessing overnight short breaks is only available through a ‘Single Assessment’ if needs are identified.
A Personal Budget is the amount of money identified by the local authority to meet the assessed needs of disabled children or young people, as set out in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or a Support Plan. A Personal Budget will give you more of a say in how that money is spent and can allow you to purchase some of the services and support your child’s needs.
For further information please visit Personal budgets.