SEND Support for Parents

Hackney's Local Offer 

Hackney's Local Offer lists the provision and services that are available to support those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from education, health and social care.

The offer also lists appropriate charities, community and voluntary sector services which offer support to pupils with SEND and their families.

Parent Workshops for 2021-22

After consultation with parents in the summer term we have mapped out our initial offer of workshops for the 2021-22 academic year. We are delivering sessions face-to-face again but we will also offer live streaming where this is appropriate.

  • Zones of Emotional Regulation - Wednesday 22nd September, 9-10.30 (Amelia Hutchon, SaLT)
  • Looking after myself: developing independence skills - Wednesday 17th November 2020, 9-10.30am (Claire Deegan, SENCo)
  • Supporting my child's wellbeing: strategies to help with worry and anxiety - 2nd December, 9-10.30am (Dr. Zoe Tweedale and Claire Deegan) 
  • Supporting my child with language difficulties - 19th January 2022, 9-10am (Melody Platford, Speech and Language Team)
  • SaLT drop in- support with routines and implementing SaLT recommendations at home - 2nd March, 9-10am (Rebecca Steele, Speech and Language Team)
  • Talking to my child about their mental health and wellbeing 28th April 2022, 9-10am (Dr. Zoe Tweedale, CAHMS) 
  • SaLT workshop for Turkish speakers (interpreter provided), 4th May- 9-10am
  • Understanding my child's behaviour, a PBS approach - 25th May 2022 9-10am (Claire Deegan, SENCo)
  • Supporting your Year 6 child with their secondary transition - 8th June 9-10.30am (Rebecca Steele, Speech and Language team)
  • Supporting your child in the summer holidays - 6th July 9-10.30am (Claire Deegan, SENCo) 

We have had a strong response to the initial Zones workshop and we hope to repeat the session soon.

Place2Be are due to begin work in Shoreditch Park in October 2021 and will also offer a range of workshops.

Information Station

The Information Station is a one stop shop for information for Hackney parents who have a child with SEN. It is held on Thursday 26th May 4-7pm (drop in). There will be lots of different stalls (including SENDIAGS, Hackney Local Offer, Young Hackney as well as OT / CAMHS / WAMHS / SALT) and some hands-on things like the opportunity to sign up for DLA, Blue Badges, Zip cards and more. Have a look at the attached flyer with more information and please share.

Hackney Independent Parent/Carer Forum (HiP)

Hackney SEND Newsletter

Useful websites

Local provision

Information about other services for children and young people with SEN can be found on the Hackney Education website.

Hackney SENDIAGS provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Hackney Ark is a local centre which provides an integrated, multi-disciplinary response to the needs of children with SEND. Hackney Ark offers the following services:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupation Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Children’s Community Nursing Team
  • Paediatrician
  • Psychology/ behaviour support from CAMHS disability

We may refer your child to services offered by Hackney Ark by making a MARs referral (Multi-Agency Referral).

Shoreditch Park Primary School has a WAMHS worker who supports us to identify mental health needs and signpost children and families to the appropriate service. For more information about the CAMHS offer in Hackney please visit their website.

National websites

National Deaf Children's Society

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.


Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.


I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. The charity works to create a society where their special needs are recognised, understood and met, so that they have the same opportunities in life as other children.

The Ear Foundation

The Ear Foundation supports provides activities for deaf children and young people with cochlear implants, their families and supporting professionals.

British Dyslexia Association

The BDA offers advice to the parents of pupils who have a child with dyslexia or are concerns that their child might be dyslexic

Young Minds

Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society has a range of resources for parents of pupils with autism

Support Groups