Leeds City Council complex needs service

Our complex needs service is for children and young people from 0 to 25 years with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, and their families.

Our vision is that every Leeds child with a significant learning difficulty or disability will benefit from child centred, high quality, flexible and responsive services that help them to live a successful and fulfilling life.

We do this by listening and responding to the voice of the child and by valuing and working closely with families. We have three area based complex needs teams: East North East, West North West and South. Each team works closely with families, schools and other learning providers to deliver strong support services which are coordinated around the needs of the child or young person (0-25 years) and their family.

There are five main professional areas within the complex needs service and they are:

  • Special educational needs statutory assessment and provision service (SENSAP)
  • Special educational needs inclusion team (SENIT)
  • Educational psychology
  • Sensory service
  • Child health and disability (CHAD) including social works teams, occupational therapy and the regional specialist paediatric team
  • The STARS team, a team of autism specialists who offer support and training to mainstream schools and settings to enhance their staff’s knowledge, skills and understanding of autism.

You can find more details about the complex needs service by using the related pages and related documents sections. You can also find services for SEN and disabilities by visiting leedslocaloffer.org.uk

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Complex needs newsletter - Feb 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Feb 2017.pdf1098228pdf
Complex needs newsletter - Winter 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Winter 2017.pdf3537469pdf
Complex needs newsletter - Oct 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Oct 2016.pdf570135pdf
Complex needs newsletter - July 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - July 2016.pdf1148815pdf
Complex needs newsletter - Feb 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Feb 2016.pdf3191713pdf
Complex needs newsletter - Oct 2015https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Oct 2015.pdf2651318pdf
Portage Service - Barnardo'shttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Portage Service - Barnardo's.pdf160370pdf
Banardo's Portage Information Leaflethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Portage Leaflet.pdf310911pdf
Complex needs newsletter - Summer 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs newsletter - Summer 2017.pdf2475330pdf
Access and Inclusion Policyhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Access and Inclusion Policy V2.pdf199367pdf
Complex needs leaflet for parents and professionalshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Complex needs leaflet for parents and professionals.pdf2242490pdf
Equality guidance for maintained schools/academieshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality Guidance for Maintained Schools and Academies.pdf190170pdf
SEN strategy summaryhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ShortSENstrategy2014.pdf283955pdf

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