Special Educational Needs

Here you'll find information about our services, activities and events for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Local Offer and Sunderland Information Point

The aim of the Local Offer is to support children and young people (ages 0 to 25) with SEN and disabilities to feel included within their communities and to be independent.  It can help you make choices and decisions that may have a positive impact now and into the future.

Click for more information on our Local Offer / Sunderland Information Point

The Local Offer contains information from providers who want to actively promote that they welcome disabled children and young people into their setting. You may be aware of other providers in your area that are not part of the Local Offer and you still may be able to access their services as every provider is legally required to make 'reasonable adjustments' to welcome your children. 

You should contact each provider in order to ensure that they can offer the level of service you and your family need. 

The Local Offer is not a guarantee that a particular service will be available, but should be a useful guide to what you can expect to find in your area and how you can access that service.

We are constantly developing the information that is contained with our Local Offer here in Sunderland, but if you know of any services we have omitted, please let us know by calling 0191 520 5553.

Click for more information on our Local Offer / Sunderland Information Point

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team

Together for Children's Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team carries out statutory functions on behalf of Sunderland City Council in relation Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and Education Heath and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Click here for more information about the work of the SEN Team

SEND Portal

Access to the SEND Portal can be found here.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) helps providers to make reasonable adjustments in their settings, either to support an individual child, or for the benefit of all children attending the setting.

A child will be eligible for this funding if they are in receipt of child disability living allowance and are receiving free early education for 3 and 4 year olds.  Please note: children will not be eligible if they are a primary school reception class.

Please see the attached information for more information about the Disability Access Fund and how to apply. 

Advocacy service

We support children and young people by giving confidential and independent advice, information and representation. Find out more about our Advocacy service.

Useful Websites

Language and Learning Partnership




  • Find out more about the Disabled Children Register (DCR).
  • Short break and respite care for children and young people.
  • The Professional Portal can be used to complete all aspects of the Educational Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and review process.
  • Information about home to school transport.
  • Information and support for children and young people with SEND and their families and carers.
  • The SEND Portal provides a range of resources to support education settings in Sunderland.
  • We offer a range of support for children and young people with SEND and their families and carers in Sunderland.
  • Information and support for children and young people with SEND and their families and carers.