Equipment for Home and Education Settings

Some children and young people with additional needs may need equipment or aids to support them them to manage a long-term condition or disability.  Getting the right equipment early will help their development and confidence.  The Equality Act 2010 means that a school or setting must provide this so that they can fully participate in the education provided by the school.

Whether a child or young person requires equipment at home or at school, equipment will be provided by the local equipment service on behalf of either the local authority or the local NHS services.  Equipment will be used by the child or young person either in their main residence or within their school classroom.  For school equipment, this will remain in school and it is the schools responsibility to look after it, keep it clean and use as advised by the therapist or other professional.

The equipment is returned to the local equipment service so that another child or young person can use it if:

  • the child/young person does not need it anymore
  • the child/young person moves out of Essex

Assessments for equipment for use in home and school settings

Assessments for equipment are normally carried out by a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or a member of the Physical and Sensory Impairment Teaching team. A report will be written to explain reasons why the child or young person needs it, and the benefit for the child or young person.

Who can access equipment?

Any child or young person who requires additional support to manage a long-term condition or disability, either at home or in school.

How the service is accessed

Equipment can be accessed following an assessment by a relevant therapist.

Further Information

Please click on the link below to download a copy of our in-depth guidance document on equipment including the process for assessments, types of equipment, how children and young people receive equipment as well as contact details for key organisations.

View the Equipment Guidance Document


Operational locations

  • Essex