There are a range of teams at City of York Council who support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), both directly and indirectly. Follow the links from this page to find up to date contact details, support available and referral processes.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordination Team
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordination Service is responsible for co-ordinating the process for arranging specialist provision for children and young people 0 to 25 with special educational needs. The team will work with families where a request for assessment is made, which may lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Specialist Teaching Team
The Specialist Teaching Team supports the inclusion of children and young people from birth to 25 years old with low incidence or high needs, with a range of SEND. The team includes:
Deaf and Hearing Support Team
Vision Support Team
Autism Support Team
Medical Needs Team
Physical and Health Needs Team
Educational Psychology Team
The Educational Psychology Team aim to improve the educational outcomes, emotional well being and personal development of children and young people through the use of psychology.
They work with children and young people, in partnership with parent carers and staff, in a variety of educational settings including pre-schools, schools and colleges.
The Educational Psychology Service also offers a weekly telephone support line which operates on Wednesday mornings during term time. Parents/carers (who have no current involvement with an Educational Psychologist), as well as local professionals, are offered a 30-minute one-off consultation to share concerns and discuss potential strategies to support children and young people with their learning and wellbeing within the home environment.
The aim of the School Wellbeing Service is to work within school clusters to strengthen and improve the emotional and mental health support arrangements for children and young people in universal school settings.
Healthy Child Service
The Healthy Child Service work with young people, children and families ensuring children are able to reach their full potential and have the best possible start in life. York's Healthy Child Service delivers information, advice and support for children and parents and of children 0 to 19 years old.
Support from City of York Council’s Social Care Service
Social workers give practical and emotional support to individuals and families they often help to protect and promote people's wellbeing so that they can enjoy a better quality of life. Social care services provide support to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and physical illnesses.
York’s Social Care Service includes Multi Agency Screening Hub, Early Help, Disabled Children’s Team and the Short Breaks Service.
York Independent Living and Travel Skills (YILTS)
York Independent Living and Travel Skills (YILTS) provide travel training for young people aged 11 to 25 with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to support them to travel independently between home and school or college.
Specialist Learning and Employment Team (SLEAT)
The Specialist Learning and Employment Team (SLEAT) is a team of qualified advisers who help young people to take their next step towards employment by providing advice and guidance on how to access appropriate education, training or employment opportunities.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service (SENDIASS)