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Ask About Autism




A new service for families across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


We are here to help at every stage, whether you feel your child may be autistic, to diagnosis and beyond.


Please have a look at the poster gallery below, for more details about upcoming events.

Free Health App for Families

Is your child too poorly for school or nursery? New advice will help you decide  

It is always a worry when a child becomes unwell, but it is not always obvious how to care for them and whether you should keep them at home. You can now find handy NHS guidance in one place online that will help you identify a possible condition, so you can decide whether to send your child to school or nursery.  


On the website is a list of common childhood illnesses and conditions from conjunctivitis to head lice, as well as symptoms such as a high temperature and a sore throat and what these might mean. There is advice about what to do and when a child should return to education after being treated.    


Visit the Should your child go to school/nursery today? website at or go online and search for ‘0-18 should child go to school’. Please bookmark this website so it is easy to find if ever your child becomes unwell. 


If you are unsure about a child’s wellbeing, please talk to your local pharmacist, call the NHS helpline on 111, or contact your GP.  


The guidance has been created by the County Council, with the NHS and local authority partners through the Healthier Together initiative, which aims to improve the health of children and young people in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 



Sensory Spectacle - Christmas 


Sensory Spectacle has Christmas gifts and stocking ideas!



Sensory Spectacle | SPD

Hampshire County Council is now inviting eligible families to sign up for free school holiday clubs over the upcoming Christmas holidays. Please view the letters above for details on the Havant and East Hants programmes.


The HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) programme is funded by the Department for Education, so that local authorities can offer healthy food and enriching activities in the school holidays to children who receive income-based free school meals. A small number of places are also available on HAF schemes for other vulnerable families.


Christmas Resources

Kids Clothes Line

Just as food banks provide food, KidsClothesLine supply quality clothing for children aged 2-16 years. KidsClothesLine collect quality garments and footwear at a warehouse in Portsmouth. Clothing donations come from local people and commercial retailers. All the clothing provided to families is in good, clean condition. Please see the poster for more details.



This May Help: Supporting Parents and Carers with Concerns about Children's Mental Health


We are pleased to announce the launch of This May Help, a new national initiative providing mental health advice to parents and carers being launched by Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership. The website gives easy-to-follow advice to help families manage their child’s mental health. This advice was developed by NHS professionals and parents who’ve been through their own child’s mental health journey. Parents and carers have shared advice that helped them and that may also help other families.


The advice covered on This May Help includes:

  • self-harm
  • gaming
  • online activity & online threats
  • teenagers' safety
  • eating disorders
  • school avoidance
  • understanding mental health
  • understanding teenagers
  • building rapport & building resilience & building a support network
  • self-care tips
  • managing an emergency & managing in a crisis
  • preparing for a children & adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) appointment.


These subjects were chosen by families and young people who have gone through their own mental health challenges. Gary Lineker, Myleene Klass, and Tanni Grey-Thompson are amongst 16 presenters featured in the films.


Please share the link to the films with your families and if possible on your website This May Help.




Parent and Carer Meetings Havant Specialist CAMHS Services 2022

MMR Childhood Vaccine

Not all diseases are vaccine preventable, but for those that are, vaccination is the best protection. An appointment for the MMR vaccination can be made with your GP. 




Hampshire - The connect4communities Team Information


BBC Article - Parents' Toolkit

Here is an article on BBC Bitesize if your child/teenager has questions about the war in Ukraine. Please read through and think about your own responses: 


How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine: tips for parents and carers - Parents' Toolkit - BBC Bitesize