There are a variety of specialist services and teams who provide support and advice for children with special educational needs (SEN).
Full information on support services is now available in one place on our Local Offer.
If your child is at school or in an early education setting, your first point of contact should be your child's teacher or the school SENCO (the person with responsibility for co-ordinating help for children with Special Educational Needs). If the school agrees that your child has special educational needs, they will adopt a step by step approach to meeting those needs.
The Educational Psychology Service and SEND Support Team work with children and young people, their families/carers and professionals in educational settings and in other services.
The service they provide is designed to promote the best possible outcomes in terms of learning, social and emotional development, wellbeing, and their inclusion within their community. To do this the staff can work directly with children and young people, offer advice and consultation, training and development for professionals and information and guidance to parents.
More information, including contact details, is available on the Local Offer pages:
The SEND Statutory Casework Team provide a service for children and young people with SEND who:
The teams are:
The responsibilities include the following:
The Equalities and Inclusion Education Development Advisors are part of the Early Years Development Team, Education Durham.
We offer a countywide service to practitioners, early years providers, children's centres, schools and other professionals in order to promote inclusion, raise aspirations and improve outcomes for children aged 0-5 with Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND).
For more information contact us.
Durham SENDIASS is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND.
Durham (SEND) Information Advice and Support Service was formerly known as Durham Parent Partnership Service.