Where to get direct support for sleep problems

Please see below for more information on where to get direct support with sleep problems for your child/young person.

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Health visitors

The 0-19 School Nursing and Health Visiting Service accepts referrals of children aged 2-5 years (pre-school) for specialist sleep support.

Many of the staff have received training to give advice and tips.

There are also a small number of specialist sleep practitioners in the service. They accept referrals from professionals or other health visitors once they have undertaken the basic sleep hygiene work.

Referrals for sleep intervention can be made via the Early Years Partnership Process or by email to sheffieldduty.sleepreferrals@nhs.net. Parents can self-refer to their own health visitor by ringing 0114 3053224 – more information can be found on the hospital website.

Parenting Hub

Some of the Parenting Specialists in the Parenting Hub have undergone sleep training by the Children’s Sleep Charity. They can deliver direct sleep clinics and support families to create an individual action plan.  They do regular follow-up calls whilst the plan is put into action.

This support lasts for two to four weeks. A lot of this support is completed via zoom and telephone contact.

Parents can refer themselves by contacting sheffield.parenting@sheffield.gov.uk / 0114 2057243. The waiting time for a sleep clinic is currently up to two months.

Sleep Service at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital

This service investigates and provides advice and treatment for children and young people with medical sleep disorders such as:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • narcolepsy
  • severe sleep walking
  • night terrors
  • unexplained nocturnal events.

See the website for more information. Any health care professional can refer into this service if one of these conditions is suspected.  They can send a referral letter to the Sleep Consultant at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

A team of nurses and sleep practitioners also give advice and intensive support for children with severe sleep disturbance. Parents should access the Health Visiting Team or Parenting Hub in the first instance. They will refer on to the sleep nurses at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital if necessary.

Sleep advice is also available from the specialist nurses for children attending the Ryegate Centre.

Cerebra Sleep Service

Can provide 1:1 telephone support to parents of children with:

  • autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • cerebral palsy
  • learning disability
  • those without a diagnosis who are waiting for an assessment

They help those whose sleep routine is non-existent or not working.

Parents can refer themselves by completing this form.