Suffolk Support Services

Specialist Education Services

The Specialist Education Services work closely with schools and children across Suffolk. Find out more about each of the services by following the links below:

Cognition & Learning (C&L) Service

Communication & Interaction (C&I) Service

Sensory & Physical (S&P) Service

Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Service

Whole School Inclusion (WSI) Service

Psychology and Therapeutic Services

This is a team of person-centred Child, Adolescent, Community and Educational Psychologists, a School Counsellor, Family Systemic Psychotherapist and a team of Inclusion Facilitators.

They support emotional well-being, mental health and learning on an individual, group and whole school / organisational basis.  They are qualified to work with children and young people from 0-25 years as well as with the adults who care for and work with them.

They may work with the parent and their child/young person in order to help find ways forward.  This could involve helping to find solutions to the issues they are facing. Their involvement may also include working with groups of students and working with educational and pastoral staff, e.g. in training, research and project work.

As part of a traded offer they can deliver a range of training to school staff including person-centred planning, solution-focussed approaches and support for pupils with complex emotional needs.

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Specialist Learning Support Assistant (LSA) Service

(East and West Suffolk only)

The Specialist LSA Service supports pupils with complex medical conditions and who are reliant upon technology between the ages of 2.5 and 19 years in the east and west of Suffolk.  They work mainly in specialist schools but can offer support to mainstream schools or pupils in dual placements.  They can provide educational support in the home when pupils are unable to attend school due to their medical condition. The type and amount of support will vary depending on the child or young person’s individual needs.

Children and young people who meet the criteria for Continuing Health Care are usually referred to the service by a health professional or their school. Families can also express their worries about their child to the Community Nursing Team or school, and then a referral to the Specialist LSA Service may be considered. The service does not include the Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG area.

Find out more about the Specialist Learning Support Assistant Service

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Specialist School Nursing Team (county wide)

This service provides support for parents, carers and schools to assess and improve the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people who attend special schools. They can also offer outreach support to mainstream schools for children and young people aged 3-19 years with additional needs.

The team offers workshops for parents and carers during term-time around toilet training, behaviour and emotional wellbeing and puberty.  The team includes a School Nurse, Staff Nurses and Child Health Advisors. They work closely with partner agencies including social workers, foster carers, health and education to help the child or young person. There is a referral system and parents/carers and professionals can call or email for advice.

Find out more about the Specialist School Nursing Team

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Children’s Community Learning Disability Nursing -Behaviour Support

(East and West Suffolk only)

This team supports children diagnosed with a Significant Learning Disability (moderate to severe) who also have behaviour support needs up to the age of 18 years old.

Based on the child’s individual needs they will offer specific strategies to help with managing behaviour.  Their work might include visits to the home, school and wider community and contact with short break services. It might involve group work or clinic-based appointments.

Find out more about the Children’s Community Learning Disability Nursing team  

Useful links

Suffolk Local Offer (for the full range of services for children and young people with SEND)

SEND Teams in Suffolk – contact details

Suffolk County Council Inclusion Service brochure (being updated) Opens PDF

Inclusion Service referral process (universal referral process from schools for alternative provision and tuition; specialist placements; specialist outreach services; and for the  multi-agency assessment programme).

SENDIASS Helpful contacts leaflet (includes Suffolk services across Education, Health and Social care, and local/national organisations) Opens PDF