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

The Index is Cardiff’s voluntary register for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. Working alongside a range of support services and professionals, it ensures that families of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs are kept up to date with information that is both relevant and beneficial to them. In addition, it assists the planning and co-ordination of services supporting those children, young people and their families.

You can sign up to The Index if you are:

  • A parent / carer of a child or young person aged 0 – 18 years with disabilities or additional needs
  • A professional working with children and young people 0 – 18 years with disabilities or additional needs

To be included on The Index the child or young person must:

  • be aged up to 18 years
  • have a diagnosed disability, be in the process of diagnosis or have confirmed ongoing additional needs

Once signed up to The Index you will receive the Index e-news – regular emails providing information about services, activities and events.

How to sign up to The Index?

Whether you are a parent/carer or a professional, you can sign a child / young person up to The Index by completing a registration form:

Online Registration Form

If you are a professional and would like to be added to The Index mailing list, please email:

Transition: Beginning to Plan for My Future

When you are 14 you have to start thinking about your future and what you would like to do when you leave school. You might want to go to college, do some training or get a job. You may need support to continue to learn to do things for yourself when out and about in the community or you may need to be supported in a place where for example you are helped with your physical care.

Sometimes, making choices might be hard but it can also be an exciting time, and there are lots of other people as well as people in school who can help you.

For example:

  • A Careers Advisor will be able to give you lots of ideas and choices that are available in your area when you leave school;
  • College staff can also let you know what courses they have if you would like to go to college. They can also arrange visits for you to see what it’s like;
  • You might also have support from someone who can talk about what you do in your spare time and help with new things to do as you grow older.

Here’s some of the things (Options) you might want to do in the future:

  • Stay in School after you are 16
  • Apply for jobs
  • Sign up with a supported employment agency (your school can tell you about these)
  • Go to college
  • Join a training programme
  • Attend a Day Service
  • Receive support in the community
  • Get some work experience or voluntary work to help you to get a paid job you would like to do in the future
  • Prepare to live away from home

Planning for your future will start in year 9 which is long before you leave school. If you have a Statement of SEN, the diagram below will show you what should happen to help you plan ahead.

Making a plan for my future

Contact Us

For information on services and support, or to submit an article for the next edition of the newsletter, please contact:

The Index

Cardiff Family Advice and Support
PO Box 1139
CF11 1WS

Tel: 03000 133 133


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