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Children and Young People's Network


We must keep a register of children and young people with a special educational need or disability, up to the age of 25. In County Durham we call this the Children and Young People's Network.

Apply to join the Children and Young People's Network. You can remove your child's name from the register at any time.

More than 1,200 children and young people are registered with us and we would like more parents or carers to add their child's details to this list. The register helps us to make better plans around what services are needed and in what areas. The register creates a virtual network where we share information with our members about services and activities that may be of interest.

Who can join the Children and Young People's Network?

Children and young people between the ages of 0-25, who live in County Durham, who have a physical or mental condition which has a "substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities" (Equalities Act 2010). This definition includes the following:

  • visual, hearing or sensory problems
  • mobility problems
  • developmental delay
  • communication problems
  • learning difficulties
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • chronic or severe illness

How will being on the register benefit my child?

As a member of the Children and Young People's Network, you and your child/children will receive:

  • Email or text alerts covering the latest news and developments, including our quarterly newsletter which features up-to-date information about services, short break activities, events and general information.
  • Entry into the exclusive Children and Young People's Network Membership Card scheme which offers discounts to organisations across County Durham and the North East.
  • Organisations joining the scheme are updated monthly, please keep checking for new discounts.
    CYPN membership discount

The County Durham Local Offer

Our Local Offer has been developed, to help and support children and young people up to the age of 25 who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) by bringing together information in one place. As well as information on statutory entitlements, it includes what is available in the County Durham area during a child's early years, schooling (including academies and free schools), college and other services including health, social care, training, employment and independent living.

A dedicated Local Offer section has been created on the Families Information Service website.

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