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Kings Court, 17 School Road, Birmingham, B28 8JG
Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.
The National Portage Association (NPA) is the umbrella organisation for Portage services, Portage Practitioners and parents.
Portage Home Visitors are employed by Local Authorities and Charities to support children and families within their local community.
To develop and promote the Portage model the Portage Association undertakes the following specific activities:
• Offering and reviewing a Code of Practice as a framework for delivering Portage
• Supporting quality of service by providing standard training for Portage Home Visitors
•Listening and responding to members individual or selective concerns at local, regional and national level;
•Encouraging new developments in the delivery of Portage support
• Developing a training curriculum that responds to the training needs of parents, Portage services and professionals associated with the Portage Model;
•Working collaboratively with other organisations dedicated to supporting families and young children;
•Campaigning for all families with a young child with additional support needs to have early access to Portage
•Keeping members informed about Portage via a regular journal, local study days and an annual conference.
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