Specialist Services offered by the Council

Additional Support

This section shows you other help available in addition to that offered by schools.

Southwark’s Early Help Service provides practical advice and support to children, young people and their families. Click here for more information about this service

Southwark’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) works closely with families, schools, post-16 provision and early years settings to explore issues and resolve problems that can affect learning and well-being. The EPS also provides additional support to schools in the event of a potentially traumatic event – for more information click here

The Council have a range of specialist teaching services:

  • The Visual Impairment Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with a visual impairment. For more information please see here.
  • The Hearing Impairment Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with an hearing impairment. For more information please see here.
  • The Autism Support Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with Autism who are school age. For more information please see here.
  • The Early Years Autism Team offer specialist support and advice for Children with Autism who are aged 0-5. For more information please see here.

Advice for teachers and school:

  • The Inclusion and Monitoring Team - Advice, support and training for settings on all aspects of Special Educational Needs (SEN) including for children who do not require EHC assessments or plans but have SEN. Advice around specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and dyslexia can be accessed through the team.
  • Summerhouse - Advice and support to manage young people aged 5-11 with social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • CENMAC (Centre for micro-assisted communication) - Funded by the Council to provide expert advice around assistive technology. Schools can refer to the LA to access this service which is for children and young people who have significant difficulties communicating and who are likely to have a statement or an EHC plan. See attached guidance and the referral forms (Both need to be completed.)
    You can visit their site to see what services are provided: www.cenmac.com
    If you think your child may need this service you should speak with the SENCO at school.

CENMAC Southwark's Guidance (17KB - DOCX)

Southwark Referral Form CENMAC (30KB - DOCX)

CENMAC Referral Form (44KB - DOCX)

  • Cherry Garden Outreach Support Service (COSS) - Are a small team of specialist outreach teachers from Cherry Garden School offering support to children in mainstream schools who have SEN and are working significantly below their peers.

To find out more about the Cherry Garden Outreach Support Service (COSS) click here.

Click here to view the Cherry Garden Outreach Support Service (COSS) school for request form.

  • Specialist Equipment - Equipment needed to access the curriculum can be provided by the Council. Examples of this would be: frames, hearing loops and special keyboards