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
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