Sure Start children’s centres are there to ensure all children get the best possible start in life. They’re a focal point in every community where families with children under five can access all the services and information they need. We have 16 children’s centres across Northumberland. We also have several play vans, packed with specialist equipment and materials to enable staff to support isolated communities.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
The team of Northumberland County Council aims to develop and enhance the skills and practices of school staff and improve educational outcomes for children and young people with social communication/ASD being taught in educational settings across Northumberland.
Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties
The Behaviour Support Service provides support and advice to schools and young people who are displaying challenging behaviour as a result of an underlying social, emotional or mental health need. SENCos can request support from the Behaviour Support Service by completing the SEND Support Services ‘Request for Support’ form. All requests for support require signed parental consent.
NHS Children's Speech and Language Therapy
Our children’s speech and language therapy service supports children and young people up to 18 years old. Our service is delivered in a number of ways by speech and language therapists, assistant speech and language therapists, by assistants in schools and also through our home programmes. Click here to find out more.
The National Autistic Society
We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people. Click here to find out more.
We offer parent/carer support groups, sibling support groups,exclusive activities/events for autistic families, after school and holiday clubs, training workshops, facebook members only group (Autism Northumberland members group), specialist teaching and coaching sessions, soft play, form filling, advice on schooling, a friendly and relaxed environment and so much more. Click here to find out more.
Speech, language and communication
The speech, language and communication team of Northumberland County Council offer bespoke support for children and young people whose spoken language difficulties are affecting their attainment and progress in school.