Children and Families Service


Get free advice and guidance on getting support for a child or young person aged between 5 and 18 years old in Lincolnshire.

Linkage Children and Families Service provides free information, advice, guidance and support to parents, carers and families of young people with additional needs and learning disabilities, aged 5-18 years old.

Working in partnership with a wide range of services across Lincolnshire, we guide and support families through finding the most appropriate support or service for their child or young person.

The service has helped families to explore:

  • The right support in school
  • Strategies to use in the home
  • Preparing to leave school or college
  • Planning for the future – supported employment, training courses, day services, supported accommodation
  • Available leisure activities

Our Children and Families Development worker, Sylvia Hutcheson, has helped many families find long-term solutions to issues they have been facing.

In some cases families have received short-term support from us; we have simply provided information on the possible options which families have then been able to explore themselves. For others, support has been provided for longer periods of time as we guide them through the process of accessing help.

The amount of support provided to each family depends on the complexity of the issues involved. The frequency and length of the support is decided by the family during the initial contact with us and forms the ‘action plan’. This can be changed at any time.

Sylvia has extensive knowledge of the issues faced by families of children with additional needs or learning disabilities. She also has a great network of skilled professionals both within Linkage and outside it, which she can take further advice from.

If you are not sure if this free service is for you, just call or email for an informal chat about how we may be able to help. We also take referrals from professionals.

Contact our Children and Families Development Worker, Sylvia Hutcheson on:

Tel: 01472 372381 or 07515 851 835

Email: sylvia.hutcheson@linkage.org.uk

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