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Continuing care is an NHS-funded care package for children and young people aged under 18 with complex health needs arising from illness or disability.

Children who get continuing care will have complex needs that a GP, hospital or community or specialist services can’t meet.

Typically, these complex health needs arise from:

  • A congenital or rare condition.
  • Long term, life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
  • Disability or the aftereffects of serious illness or injury.

Their needs may be physical, neurological, or psychological.

See the information from the Contact website (weblink)) about Continuing Care for disabled children

More information on complex needs 

National Organisation
Referral route
  • GP or Healthcare Referral
  • Professional Referral
For people with
Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - Early Years
  • Age Range - School
  • Diagnosis
  • Health Condition
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
  • Looked After Child/Care of the Local Authority
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support

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Last updated 14 May 2024