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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)


We provide a wide range of services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families. These include services supporting care, development and education.

In the last few years there have been important changes to how local councils and their partners provide services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. These were introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Council has been implementing them since September 2014 alongside parents, carers and a range of partners.

The changes introduced Education, Health and Care Plans to replace statements of special educational need and the new approach focuses on ensuring coordinated services are planned across different services for education, health and care.

If you want to find out more about the changes please read the following SEN reform newsletters which were produced in 2014 and 2015:

You can also visit the GOV.UK website and read the read the SEND Guide for Parents and Carers and SEN Young Person’s Guide.


The SEN and Engagement Service

The SEN and Engagement Service is responsible for the statutory (legal) processes for children and young people with SEND. These include Education Health and Care assessments, plans and reviews. The service’s work also includes the transfer of statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) to Education, Health and Care plans. Our transition plans for this can be found here:

The service is also responsible for placements of children and young people with Education, Health and Care plans and for placing children and young people in the Council’s additionally resourced provisions in schools.

The service works to make sure the Council’s Local Offer is up to date and relevant. It also provides support and challenge to schools, early years settings and further education providers about special educational need and disability.

The service also has responsibility for some of the Council’s short breaks provision for disabled children.

There are two provisions in the team – the Early Support Nursery and OASIS. The early Support Nursery is a specialist nursery for pre school children with complex needs, and OASIS is a short break provision for children and young people with complex needs. You can find out more on Stockton's Local Offer website:

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A 'Local Offer' has been developed to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (aged 0 - 25) and their families to access information about all of the services available to them from one place.

                          Visit Stockton's Local Offer website                           

You can also read the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Reforms 0-25 booklet and see these pages about Short Breaks Services, Specialist Educational Provision and Stockton United for Change, the local parent partnership group.