News and Events

Expression of Interest for parents and carers

Would you like to be involved in one or more subgroups of the East Riding of Yorkshire SEND Development and Improvement Board or the Board itself?

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum has two seats on the subgroups which form part of the SEND Development and Improvement 10 point plan, however we would like to extend this membership to any parent carer who would like to join us to increase participation and allow more parent carers to have a voice. You may also wish to express an interest to join the SEND Development and Improvement Board.

Please use the form below to submit an Expression of Interest in one of the subgroups (and or Board) which sits as part of the SEND Development and Improvement Plan. Before completing this form you may find it helpful to read the associated information about each group as well as the overarching plan.

SEND expression of interest form (word 674kb)

The PCF are holding a second virtual session on the SEND Review: Green Paper

Taking place on Wednesday 8th June 7-9 pm. Following feedback we have elected to do this session virtually rather than face-to-face to enable as many parent/carers to attend as possible contributing to discussion and collective feedback.

We will be providing parent/carers with information on the key points in the Green Paper and an update on feedback and responses so far from parent/carers and other organisations.

Parent/carer responses to the Green Paper are vital for setting future direction of SEND Services.

For a link to join this session please email

The signs and symptoms of trauma and how it can affect us

Poster provided in both English and Ukrainian.

Leaflet 1 - How trauma can affect you (English version) (pdf 274kb)

Leaflet 1 - How trauma can affect you (Ukrainian version) (pdf 262kb)

Young Leadership Research Programme

I am writing to you about an exciting opportunity for young people to participate in a young leadership research programme, ultimately leading to the opportunity to plan, facilitate and evaluate workshops with peers throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.

Authoring Our Own Stories is a 5-year youth recovery project examining how young people's civic identities impact on their access to services. By civic identities we mean the ways that a person's identity is related to in different public spaces like school, or work, health services or youth services.

Young leaders will gain skills in conducting social research, team work, networking amongst decision makers and influential figures, they will also get the chance to meet new friends, have fun in a safe environment and get their voice heard on some of the issues that matter to them in terms of their own identity and their lived experience.

This is a PAID opportunity supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. Once we have met the whole group we will discuss how they would prefer to receive this i.e vouchers, or pay role etc. We have already identified a small group of participants to take part in the leadership programme but we would love to offer this opportunity to more young people.

As part of the research project the young people will deliver group workshops, working with identified (local offer)SEND groups around the region, to produce different creative interpretations of their views on identity, what they want from Youth services / Provision in response to this and how they think improvements could be made.

As part of the planning the Young Leaders will work with the group to identify which creative method they wish to use to share their experiences and ideas, i.e Pieces of Drama, Artwork, dance, music, poetry-any creative approach which supports young people to express how they feel about their Civic identity. The planning group can either identify an Artist or work with artists already known to the group.

At the end of the project the young people will plan and deliver their own event showcasing their research and the findings, for the youth groups and workers involved, decision makers and influential figures to influence change and ask for support in improving outcomes for SEND young people and changes to existing policies, widening SEND youth voice.

We would like to connect with all SEND groups of young people around the region to ensure that we are representing their views within the research, giving them the opportunity to take part in a workshop designed for them, by their peers, working with artists and young leaders to work on a collaborative social action project.

If you know a young person who you think would like to become a young leader please get in touch, it would be great if you could also identify any groups that you work with or know who you think would like to take part in the workshops and benefit from the involvement in 'Authoring Our Own Stories'.

I have attached a recruitment pack which goes into more detail about the project and the criteria/ training involved, I look forward to hearing back from you and hope that we can work together to ensure that young people have access to these opportunities now and in the future.

Chelsea Jackson
Youth Voice Worker
Yorkshire and Humber Youth Work Unit

Chelsea Jackson
Youth Voice worker
Youth Work Unit - Yorkshire & Humber CIO
Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW
Charity no. 1096951

Join Endorphins for May Half Term!

Life Skills Week!

Join us for educational activities and jubilee celebrations! alongside our favourite Endorphins fun and games.

Our inclusive and fun sessions include:

  • A chance to meet new friends and socialise
  • Fun activities and games for all abilities
  • Fully trained and DBS checked group leaders to keep you safe

Sessions are £5

Prebooking is essential



Saturday 4 June

  • 8-15 years: 10am-1pm
  • 15-25 years: 2-5pm

Hedon Scout Hall,
Sheriff Highway,
Hedon HU12 8HD


Wednesday 1 June

  • 8-15 years: 10am-1pm
  • 16-25 years: 2-5pm

Revive Church,
Mariners Street
Goole DN14 5DH


Tuesday 31 May

  • 8-15 years: 10am-1pm
  • 16-25 years: 2-5pm

The Old Parcels Office,
Bridlington Railway Station,
Bridlington YO15 3EP


Tuesday 31 May

  • 8-15 years: 10am-1pm
  • 16-25 years: 2-5pm

George Street,
Beverley HU17 0AP

Have your say on helping your environment

16 June 6:00pm via Zoom.

Register via the link below or scan the QR code on the graphic if you prefer.

Have your say on helping your environment

Family Activity Club Including Lego Therapy

Free family activity events

Activities for families with children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This is a family activity, parents or carers are required to attend and are responsible for their children. These activities are supported by our experienced play workers.

Activities Include:

  • Lego therapy
  • Crafts
  • Games

This event will take place one Sunday each month 10am-2pm

Starting on 29 May 2022

For more information contact Sarah:

This event will take place at:

The Back Room
175a Hallgate
HU16 4BB

Endorphins Eastern Voices Event

Following SEND Week in the East Riding of Yorkshire, we want to hear from SEND young people aged 16-25 at our free event!

This free,fun and interactive event is a chance for young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire to come along and have their say about what they would like to see at our endorphins youth group sessions. Everyone who attends can then book a free session with us on a day of their choice (Saturday or a day during school holidays).

Event details

CLCGB, George Street, Beverley, HU17 0AP

Wednesday 25 May 2022


16 - 25years (Feel free to bring a friend along as well)


Places are limited so please book. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing

SEND Review Green Paper Extended!

The consultation period for the SEND Review Green Paper has been extended until Friday 22 June 11:45pm, please see accessible guides for this review below:

SEND Green Paper - Guide for children and youn people (pdf 490kb)

SEND Green Paper - Review consultation easy-read guide (pdf 2.9mb)

ERVAS Special Educational Needs Survey

Please find a link to a survey that has been created by ERVAS, Kids Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council to ensure that young people aged 19 - 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities living in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire, have the opportunity to have their say on the topics that were included in the national Make Your Mark ballot that took place in February for young people aged 11 - 18 years old.

ERVAS Special Educational Needs Survey

KIDS Young People Hub

KIDS (a charity that supports young people with disabilities and special educational needs) are developing a new Young People's hub and are looking for young people to ensure that it is as relevant as possible. The idea of the hub came from young people that they already work with. They told them that they want a place that they can give them information they can trust; ways to connect with other young people to share experiences or just have fun; opportunities to make their voices heard; and personalised support and advice when they need it most. Further details about the hub and how to get involved can be found here: Young People's Hub from KIDS - for young people with disabilities and special educational needs

Summer HAF grant

The aims of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) summer grant is to provide free opportunities for children and young people eligible for free-school meals to enjoy a range of fun face-to-face activities during the summer holidays. We are looking for constituted groups, charities, schools, Town and Parish Councils, faith groups and businesses across the East Riding who would like to provide a meal and deliver activities for children and young people aged 5-16 years, and/or sessions for the whole family to enjoy.

Providers will be asked to fill in a short expression of interest form to identify eligibility followed by an application form. Whilst it is hoped that providers can deliver 4-hour sessions over 16 days during the summer, applications will be considered offering shorter or longer programmes. Consideration will also be given to targeted groups who may find these sessions too long. Those organisations who work in partnership with others to meet these expectations will be considered more favourable when assessed at panel, as will providing a hot meal for families and where extra support is given to improve children's/families understanding of health, nutrition or offer signposting information.

The HAF fund can part-fund programmes for all children or fully-fund those solely for participants eligible for free-school meals. A proportion of the funding will also support SEND, young carers, rising 5's and those who live in the top 20% of deprived areas in the East Riding - Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole or Withernsea.

Organisations can apply up to £40,000, with the funding contributing towards staffing, equipment, venue, training, food, marketing, capital costs, transport, and volunteer expenses.

Extra free support is available this year from Barnardo's to help HAF organisations be more inclusive. This includes supporting children and young people with their mental health to get back into activities or those with SEND who are struggling to access mainstream provision.

With the rise of food poverty, living and fuel costs, HAF enables families to enjoy a healthy meal and enriching sport, play, art, music, drama, outdoor adventure and cultural activities on their doorsteps and hope families can continue to work with the provider to access support and activities throughout the year. Good luck in becoming a HAF provider.

The deadline for the expression of interest form is Tuesday 28 June and the application form is Monday 4 July 2022 at noon. To apply, please visit our Flexigrant website.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Flexigrant website

For more information about HAF, please contact Vicky Jude, HAF Commissioning and Quality Monitoring Officer at

SEND Local Offer Bulletin

SEND Local Offer Bulletin - Edition 59 - 12 May 2022

You can view the latest SEND Bulletin below:

SEND Local Offer Bulletin - Edition 59 - 12 May 2022 (pdf 171kb)

For information about SEND Local Offer LOOK AHEAD and to register with the service, please visit the LOOK AHEAD page or contact the FISH helpline:

Tel: (01482) 396469

Join Endorphins for a family day!

A fun-filled day for families and young people to socialise, play games together and make new friends!

It is also a great chance for parents/guardians to see how our Endorphins sessions run and ask any questions you may have.

The session is taking place on Saturday 28 May, 12:30-16:30pm

These sessions are free for all families and young people with SEND to attend.

Refreshments will be provided

Contact us to book your place:

Sessions are running at both:


Emmanuel Church
70 Cardigan Road, Bridlington,
East Yorkshire YO15 3JT


The Revive Church,
Mariners Street, Goole DN14 5DH

EYPCF SEND Week! 16 - 22 May

A week of SEND information sessions and activity-based events for parents/carers, children and young people. Join us for a fun-filled and informative week!


  • Castaway Theatre - Dance (10am-12noon)
  • EYPCF Virtual session with guest speaker
  • From the Key Worker Service - Q&A (10am)
  • Castaway Theatre - Multi Media (12:45-2:45pm)
  • EYPCF Virtual session with guest speaker
  • from KIDS - Community of Experience (2pm)


  • Unique Friends - Home Education Group (10:30am-12.30pm)
  • EYPCF Open house drop in - new offices.
  • Endorphins and Early Years Inclusion Team attending (10am-2pm)
  • 0-25 Team pop-up pod event - Bridlington (6-8pm)


  • EYPCF AGM and Market Place Event - Beverley
  • Leisure Centre (10am-2pm)
  • Castaway Theatre - Film (10am-12noon)
  • Castaway Theatre - Creative Transitions 16-25 years (1-3pm)
  • IAGs Virtual Drop in sessions - post-16
  • Queries around educational choices and options - (1:30-3:30pm), (3.30-5.30pm), (5.30-7.30pm)
  • KIDS Hear Me Out Group/ERVAS - Young people session 11-25 years - Have your say! fun interactive session to 'have your say' on the send review


  • Special Stars - Social Group for Home Schooled Children with SEND (10am-12noon)
  • Unique Friends - Coffee morning (11am-12.30pm)
  • Castaway Theatre - Music (10am-12noon)
  • IAGs Drop in sessions - post-16 queries around educational choices and options - venue TBC (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Castaway Theatre - Community Band (1-3pm)
  • Downright Special - Online Training Course £15 - Promoting Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Wellbeing in pupils with Down Syndrome (3:45-5:45pm)
  • EYPCF Virtual session with guest speaker from the Key worker service - Q&A (7pm)


  • Downright Special - session for babies and toddlers 0-5 years (9:45-11:45am)
  • Families in Goole - coffee morning (10am-12noon)
  • Castaway Theatre - Sing Choir (10am-12noon)
  • Castaway Music Theatre - David Copperfield Film (12:45-2:45)
  • EYPCF Virtual session with guest speaker from ERVAS - Dynamix Friends Fund (1:30-2:30pm)


  • Unique Friends - Activity Session (11am-1pm)
  • Sloop Group - Youth Music 14 - 25 years (10am-12noon)
  • Castaway Youth Theatre 8 - 18 years (1-3pm)
  • Aim Higher's 80's Flashback Disco Party


  • Downright Special - soft play party at Monkey Bizness 0-12 years (12noon-2pm)

Please email for further details and contacts for all sessions and events

SEND Review: Green Paper

The DfE published the Green Paper on the 22nd of March and have given thirteen weeks for consultation which ends on the 1st of July. The Green Paper is an attempt to level up opportunities and therefore outcomes for children and young people (CYP) with SEND while being clear that the system needs to be financially sustainable. They aim to achieve this under the headings 'Right support, Right place and Right time.'

Some of the Key proposals are as follows:

  • All schools and educational settings to become academies (multi academy trusts)
  • Fewer EHCPs and more CYP with SEND to be educated in mainstream schools at School support.
  • Statutory assessment process to be simplified and digitised.
  • A single national SEND and alternative provision system.
  • Local inclusion plans to be developed in partnership with all relevant partners.
  • Parents, carers and CYP appealing to the SEND Tribunal can only do so after mandatory mediation.
  • National standards to cover identification, assessment, and provision.

The Green Paper is over 100 pages long and as is evident it covers accountability and responsibility at a national, local, and service level. The move to MATs would shift key responsibilities to the government and from the LA. The paper sets out plans for increased training for teachers particularly in mainstream schools because CYP with more complex SEND would have their needs met locally.

This is a very 'dense' paper, and it is difficult to separate out the various proposals to think about whether the intention of better outcomes for CYP with SEND will be met.

The PCF have held a virtual session on the Green paper and as a result of the questions and ideas of parents attending that session further sessions will be arranged in the East Riding with a 'face to face' workshop in early June.

The proposals in this paper seek a fundamental change in the SEND system and processes and this will affect CYP in two years' time, so it is very important that parents and carers make a response to the Green Paper. The PCF will be providing the dates of future sessions through their usual communication channels which includes the Bulletin.

The PCF welcomes any questions or suggestions about this consultation by emailing

SEND Review - Find out more and submit your response to the consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) published the SEND and alternative provision green paper on Tuesday 29 March 2022. It sets out our proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

Green paper regional briefing 2022 (pdf 767kb)

Find out more and submit your response to the consultation (external website)

Would you like to be part of the SEND Information Group?

We are looking for new members to join our group of parent carers.

  • We meet monthly, sometimes face-to-face, sometimes virtually, to look at information about services for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • We act as a quality control function to ensure that information is comprehensible, accessible, accurate and up-to-date
  • We offer a relaxed, respectful environment
  • We are currently reviewing the parent carer survey and will be looking at the co-production charter amongst many other ongoing pieces of work.

If you are interested in joining us, or have any questions about the group, please contact Adele Simpson (SEND Communication and Partnership Manager), (01482) 394000.

Upcoming Humber Youth Action Group (HYAG) sessions

4th May 6-8pm - East Riding Youth Parliament

This virtual event is hosted by the East Riding Youth Parliament. The topic of discussion is 'Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Keeping Safe'.

This event involves a wide range of local organisations and young people across the East Riding are being encouraged to participate. The event offers the opportunity for everyone involved to share their views on the needs of young people within our local community, as well as, ways in which these needs can be supported.

If you would like to join or you know an interested young person, here is the link for the event:

25th May 6pm-7.30pm - HYAG Workshop

This session has two guest speakers:

Tom Nicklin (Engagement Lead for Transforming Care) will be exploring young people's experiences and views of accessing primary care and the potential barriers to accessing GP Surgeries. As part of this, we will be considering the rights of young people, including confidentiality.

Bridget (Specialist Public Health Nurse - School Nursing) is looking to coproduce a leaflet to be sent to young people who are home educated. The purpose of the leaflet is to help young people who are educated at home to understand the health support they are entitled to and how to access this.

Please note: these workshops are specifically for young people, however if you would like to attend to support a young person, this is greatly welcomed. To arrange this please email

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Endorphins youth groups - we are looking for feedback

East Riding of Yorkshire Council commissions Endorphins Group Ltd to run eight youth groups for children and young people aged 8 to 25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Endorphins run youth groups each week on Saturdays during term time and there are holiday clubs during the school holidays. The groups are currently split into two age groups, ages 8 to 15 years and 16 to 25 years, East Riding of Yorkshire Council fund, alongside a parental contribution, 12 places at each session - that's 24 places per location per week.

There are youth groups in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole and Hedon. The two groups in Goole and Hedon are very quiet, despite lots of promotion, with very few young people (less than 10) attending out of 24 places available across the 2 sessions.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to consult with service users and potential service users about the Goole and Hedon groups. We are looking for feedback to help us understand why we have low numbers of people attending these groups. The questions will help us to find out if the groups are best placed, if only one group is needed in that location (instead of two) or if days need to change. To take part, please follow the link to the survey below before 21 June 2022: Survey

We would like to thank you in advance for taking 10mins to answer this short questionnaire. If you have any questions about the Consultation, please contact the Children's Commissioning and Quality Monitoring Team at:


East Riding of Yorkshire's Local Area Written Statement of Action (WSoA) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) SEND Development and Improvement Journey

You can access the WSoA as a PDF below:

Written Statement of Action for SEND - March 2022 (pdf 2.3mb)

Update from Ronnie Hartley, Head of Children and Young Peoples Services

It's been another incredibly busy start to the year in Specialist Services, I can't believe we are nearly at Easter, it only seems 5 minutes since I was taking down the Christmas decorations.

I have tried to capture some key messages in one update for you.

SEND Review (Green Paper)

The long- awaited SEND Review has now been published and the national consultation will run for 13 weeks and closes on the 01.07.2022. I want to provide reassurance that the work that we have been doing in East Riding in relation to the SEND Development and Improvement Plan: one plan, one purpose, the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND and the written statement of action (WSoA) which focusses on 4 areas of improvement required as a result of our Area SEND Inspection in October 2021 prepare us well for responding to the SEND Review.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the governance arrangements for SEND, so that everyone is aware of representatives and workstreams and to provide an update on the WSoA and next steps.

Area SEND Inspection and WSoA

Between 11-15th October 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of East Riding of Yorkshire local area to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection confirmed the area knows what it needs to do to improve and that our development and improvement plan is the right plan to transform the SEND system in East Riding. On the 7th December 2021 the inspection report for East Riding was published and as a result of the findings of this inspection, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector (HMCI) has determined that a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) is required to address four significant areas of weakness in the local area's practice. The four areas identified are:

  1. The shortage of appropriate school places, especially for children and young people with ASD and SEMH needs.
  2. The experience of children, young people and parents and carers of the EHC plan process, the variable quality of statutory assessments, and the timeliness and quality of annual reviews.
  3. Weaknesses in the communication and relationship with a range of groups representing children and young people, parents and carers, and local voluntary groups.
  4. The poor outcomes for children and young people at SEND support attending mainstream provision.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are jointly responsible for submitting the WSoA which has been produced in conjunction with partners. The term partner is used in the plan and WSoA to describe all stakeholders including parents and carers and CYP.

As part of East Riding's continuing SEND development and improvement journey the local area is committed to improving identification, support and provision for children, young people, parents and carers in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We are committed to working in partnership, improving co-production, and building on the expertise within the system.

The WSoA has been submitted to Ofsted and we expect a response by Friday 8th April, which either requires us to amend or publish our WSoA.

SEND Governance

As part of our continuing development and improvement journey the governance arrangements for SEND have been refreshed to make sure the right people are involved in our improvement plans. This includes senior leaders, councillors, partners, schools, staff, parents and carers, children, young people and adults. Improvements will be delivered through a set of workstreams overseen by the SEND Development and Improvement Board who are the accountable body for the SEND development and improvement activity including the WSoA. Progress will also be overseen by the Children and Families Partnership Board, Health and Well Being Board and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body.

Here are some key developments over the last 12 months:

  • Refreshed and strengthened SEND governance arrangements across the local area to improve accountability and improve partnership working, with the Chief Executive of the Council chairing the SEND Board.
  • Continued to pilot a co-production charter.
  • Senior Leaders including the Chief Executive and Director of Children and Families and Schools have met with the Parent Carer Forum (PCF) to listen to concerns and share plans for improvement with parents and carers.
  • Commissioned independent support to work on relationships and building trust and confidence in the SEND system.
  • Developed a comprehensive Communication Strategy.
  • Improved content on the Local Offer.
  • Developed a SEND intranet site to support improved communication and consistency of approach across local authority teams, with plans to extend this to partners.
  • Delivered sessions in partnership with PCF to improve access to and understanding of SEND Teams and processes.
  • Begun to develop a SEND data dashboard to enable data analysis to support effective service development and delivery and performance oversight.
  • Worked with the Schools Forum, and revised the mainstream funding model to support improved identification and intervention at SEN Support and created a SEND floor funding factor where schools have disproportionately high numbers of EHCPs. Training sessions for ERYC Officers, SENCO's and School Business Managers will be rolled out after Easter.
  • Developed a High Needs Deficit Recovery Plan to address significant pressure in the High Needs Block.
  • Developed the complex needs residential estate (Children's homes for CYP with Complex Needs) to support children and young people being able to live and be educated in East Riding.
  • Improved EHC Assessment compliance to over 98% completion within 20 week timescale, all EHCA/P year to date have been a 100% compliant within 20 weeks.
  • Improved Annual Review compliance.
  • 0-25 have launched 'Pop Up Pods' which have been well attended.
  • Secured funding to appoint to a number of key posts to enable the SEND plan to be delivered in full.
  • The Virtual School has implemented new responsibilities to promote the education of children with a social worker. Starting by producing a questionnaire for CFAS staff and school staff. Worked with designated safeguarding leads and children and young people's social care to improve communication. Planned conferences for staff from early years through to colleges and for staff across CFAS.
  • Continued to deliver training to a range of partners, both virtually and face to face, a few examples are team teach, personal education plan training, handwriting training and emotion coaching.
  • Responding to the presenting needs of children and young people, the Educational Psychology Service has delivered a range of training courses forcolleagues in children's services and educational settings, including emotionally based school avoidance (EBSA), autism and anxiety, emotional literacy support assistants (ELSA), youth mental health first aid (YMHFA) and dyslexia/specific literacy difficulties.
  • Establishment of a suite of commissioning Quality Assurance tools for CLA, short breaks, education and therapies
  • Refreshed and reissued all commissioning contracts
  • Refreshed all commissioned individual placement agreements
  • Established the ERYC short breaks dynamic purchasing system
  • Co-produced the redesign and recommissioning the SENDIAS service into a single provision

There is a significant amount of work to do collectively, to achieve the ambitions outlined in the plan and to achieve this all partners need to work together and support will be required from the DfE and Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) particularly in relation to the significant capital investment required to realise our ambitions for CYP and their families across the East Riding of Yorkshire.

I want to take the opportunity to thank all staff in Specialist Services for their continued commitment and hard work in driving the improvements for children and their families.

Children's Neurodiversity Service logo

Hull and East Riding Children's Neurodiversity Service

Welcome to the new Hull and East Riding Children’s Neurodiversity Service. This service is a true partnership where children’s services work together with the child/young person and their family to understand what support is needed and how to help.

The first part of the service is called the ‘Front Door’. Here we can support you to access information, advice and early help, based on the neurodiverse needs of the child/young person. This might include support to access a range of services, that could include assessment for a range of neurodiverse conditions. The child/young person does not need to have a diagnosis to access the service. 

The Team

The front door team includes the manager, Sara Ness, Assistant Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners who are specialists in neurodiversity.

The Service

The Children’s Neurodiversity service also includes Children’s Community Team for Learning Disabilities (CTLD), Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment and diagnosis, Children’s Sensory and Children’s SEND Sleep Support services.

How to Access the Service

Requests for support can be made directly by young people, parents, and carers themselves (and staff/professionals, with consent) in person, via the telephone, or online. We are happy to fill in the Request for Support form with you over the phone.

The Request for Service form can be found on the website linked at the bottom of this document.

What will happen once I send in a Request for Support?

A member of staff from the front door, or a Named Worker* (this person is likely to be someone already known to you such as your health visitor, SENCO or someone from the service), who will contact you at a convenient time and talk about the needs of your child/young person and family. This is called a ‘needs-led discussion’. This discussion will take place within 4 weeks from the request for support.

Parents and the young person may be invited to a meeting, called a Multi-Disciplinary Meeting (MDT), with a small group of staff who could provide specialist advice and support. This group could include for example, health visitors, sleep practitioners, speech and language therapists, SENCOs and psychiatrists.

The MDT will recommend and provide support designed to empower the child/young person and parent to meet their identified needs. This will be written down, so everyone involved has the same plan.

Contact details

Tel: (01482) 692929 and select Option 2 (Neurodiversity Team)

To submit requests for support or for enquiries about help and support for the child/young person and their family please use this email:

For general questions, comments or compliments about the service please use this email:

Address: Hull & ERY Children’s Neurodiversity Service, 2062-2068, Hessle Road, Hessle, HU13 9NW

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm


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SEND Review Green Paper has been published

The long-awaited SEND Review Green Paper has finally been published:

GOV.UK - SEND review: right support, right place, right time (external website)

To quote Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, ”This green paper sets out proposals to ensure that every child and young person has their needs identified quickly and met more consistently, with support determined by their needs, not by where they live.“

There is an opportunity for everybody to give their views and provide feedback by following the above link.

This is an exciting time for everybody as we look to see how we can co-productively continue to improve the outcomes for all of our children and young people with SEND and their families.

SEND Review - Find out more and submit your response to the consultation

Matthew's Hub

Autism Training - A Short Introduction

Who’s it for?

Individuals considering seeking a diagnosis or have recently been diagnosed, family and friends of autistic people, or anyone who wants to know more about and gain an understanding of autism.

When is it?

14th April
19th May
16th June

What time?

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Where is it?

Matthew’s Hub
Unit 3
23 Arthur Street

How do I book a place?

Phone: Kath on 07391 063901

Download the leaflet here.

FASP Update - 2022

We are pleased to be able to share that applications for the Freedom Activity Support Payment (FASP) will be open in the near future.

We are currently working very hard with our IT team to develop a new online form for FASP applications and will be able to share this with families soon.

Please keep checking the Local Offer for updates, and make sure that you are registered with LOOK AHEAD so that you do not miss any important news relating to the 2022 FASP.

Thank you.

Jonathan Ellis
0-25 SEND Team Manager

0-25 SEND Team Pop-Up Pods - Pilot Launch Events

Are you wanting to know more information about how the 0-25 SEND Team can provide advice/information to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities within the East Riding?

Come along to one of the pop-up pods to meet members of the 0-25 SEND Team and to access information including:

  • Support groups and services
  • Charities and grants
  • Local activities
  • Preparing for Adulthood (PFA)
  • Assistance on how to access FISH and the Local Offer
  • Signposting to local organisations.

There is no need to book - please just turn up at one of our upcoming sessions:

More details and dates for 0-25 SEND Team Pop-Up Pods

For more information about the pop-up pods, please contact:

Mark Frampton (0-25 SEND Team Intensive Family Coordinator)
Tel: 01482 394000 (option 6) or

Dynamix Friends Fund

Dynamix began in 2013 as an inclusive youth club for young people aged 8 to 24, where disabled young people and those with additional needs came to have fun, gain some independence, make new friends and develop practical skills too. It would now like to leave a legacy to other young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in East Riding by providing small grants to VCS groups offering similar activities, as well as individuals in receipt of Education Health Care Plans. If you would like to know more about how you can be part of the legacy please contact ERVAS and email either: Detty Tyler ( or Judith Leech (, tel: 01482 871077)

There is still funding available and the guidance and application form can be found on the ERVAS website

SAPTS Early Years Group logo

SaPTS Early Years Group (HI and VI)

Please come along to our new Early Years Group!

Early Years Group 21-22 dates NBRH (pdf 73kb)

Hull and East Yorkshire Project Search 2022

DFN Project SEARCH programme can be a force for transformative change in the lives of young people with learning disabilities. This programme provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people make successful transitions to productive adult life. Find out how more about the project here.

DFN Project Search YouTube video


YogaBugs virtual gives you online access to hundreds of yoga & well-being videos for your whole family to take part in from the comfort of your own home! Perfect if you are worried about going out due to rising cases of COVID.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video to find out why it's good for your family!

Why sign up?

  • It is FREE!
  • It takes less than 60 seconds to sign up.
  • Help your family feel calm, increase your child's confidence & help get your family active over the cold winter months.
  • Suitable for children with SEN.

eCode: east-riding-of-yorks-1394

How to gain access?

  • Visit the YogaBugs website
  • Click on parents, enter the unique eCode above and follow the simple registration (it takes less than 60 seconds!)
  • Enjoy YogaBugs at home!

If you have any questions, please refer to these useful FAQs on the YogaBugs website.

For all terms and conditions please visit the YogaBugs website

Springboard programme logo

Are you aged 16-24 and looking for work and further learning?

The Springboard programme helps to support you into training or employment

This programme is completely free and open to people aged 16-24 who live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and are looking for work

To get in touch, please email or call us (01482) 887670

Please note: You do not need to be claiming DWP benefits to join

MOBY - Making Our Business Yours logo

MOBY - Making Our Business Yours

A Quick Programme Overview

This Ability supports participants who are:

  • aged 18 to 29-years-old with a disability/learning disability or difficulty or a long-term health condition
  • unemployed or economically inactive
  • living in Hull and the East Riding.

Please follow the link below to see the attached flyer for the MOBY programme (Making Our Business Yours):

Local Offer - MOBY - Making Our Business Yours

Civil Service internship offered to autistic young people

An exciting three-week work experience opportunity in the Civil Service is being offered to 60 autistic young people, you must:

  • be autistic
  • be aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the internship
  • have achieved a minimum of 2 GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths at Grade 4-9 (or A*-C) or above.

For further details and to apply please follow the link below:

Civil Service internship

Early Years Support team update

Early Years Support are currently seeing an increase in new requests being made to the team. Due to the significant increase in requests being made to Early Years Support, the team have unfortunately had to implement a waiting list.

This means that all new requests to Early Years Support will now be discussed in 2022.

What happens to the request I have made / I am due to make?

Once you have submitted a request to Early Years Support with all supporting information, Early Years Support will add your request to the next available team meeting date.

The Early Years Support team will send an e-mail confirming the date the request will be discussed to the family and referrer.

What can I do whilst waiting for my request to be discussed by the Early Years Support team?

  • Please ensure that sufficient supporting information has been submitted to the team to support the request. For example a current termly support plan, up to date developmental information etc.
  • Submit any updates /progress reports to support the initial request information if there are any significant changes
  • Consider making a referral for support to the children's centre for Bookstart / Talktime sessions / Family links / Family support if appropriate
  • Undertake the speech and language therapy checklist / make a referral to Speech and Language therapy if indicated on the checklist
  • Contact the Health Visiting team Single Point of Access team for support /advice
  • Contact the Area SENCO for advice and support if you are an early years setting practitioner
  • If the chid is due to transition into school in September 2022, to consider arranging and setting a date for an initial transition into school planning meeting in the New Year

All of the above will contribute further information for the Early Years Support team to take into consideration when discussing the request and making recommendations for further support/services.

What are the Early Years Support team doing in relation to the increase in requests being made?

  • Added an extra Early Years Support team meeting in December 2021 to discuss new requests
  • Screening new requests
  • Contacting early years setting to offer support /advice as required
  • Contacting referrers to undertake a deep dive where a request has been made late to Early Years Support and offering support/advice

If you have a query about an Early Years Support request or haven't received notification of the date a request to Early Years Support will be discussed, please do not hesitate to contact the Early Years Support team at:

The Council for Disabled Children is working with NHS England to gather the views of young people with learning disabilities around annual health checks

The Council for Disabled Children is looking to recruit focus groups of up to 6 young people, aged 14 to 19 years old, with learning disabilities. They are keen to hear from particularly seldom heard young people. From the focus groups, they will co-produce information, materials, and resources with young people to promote the importance of annual health checks.

CDC will create all the materials and the session plan for the focus groups. CDC will deliver the focus group virtually. They will work with the group leader/teacher to find a convenient time for the session which will last around 45 minutes to 1 hour, however they will work with you for however long you have! The young people will receive a £10 voucher for their participation. For more information and to download an information sheet to share with the young people you work with, please click on the attachments to this post.

The expressions of interest are open until Wednesday 24th November. All engagement work must be completed by 10th December. If you are unable to accommodate us between now and 10th December, then unfortunately they will be unable to work with you for this opportunity.

If the young people you work with are not able to take part in a focus group, they can fill out an online survey to participate in the project and ensure their thoughts are heard by clicking here.

If you would like to express your interest on behalf of the young people you work with, please contact Hope at

Annual Health Checks Flyer (pdf 241kb)

Annual Health Checks Information Sheet (pdf 139kb)

Best Endeavours Duty

The Best Endeavours Duty information has been added to the SEN support in schools page. Please open the panel entitled 'What can I expect the education provider to provide?' to read about it.