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Health services for SEND

image of a mother with her daughter talking to a doctorThis webpage offers health and wellbeing services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

General health services and support

Accessible toilet schemes

There are over 1000 changing places toilets in the UK. They offer the facilities of a normal accessible toilet for disabled people but with extra space (7m² originally and now 12m²), an adult changing bench and a hoist (you will need to bring your own sling), which are essential for people who have a carer or profound and multiple learning disabilities or cannot reasonably use standard accessible toilets.

Camp Simcha

Camp Simcha exists to provide practical and emotional support for Jewish families where children are suffering from serious illness including premature babies.

Support is provided throughout the whole of the UK to families who have children and young people aged 0-18.

Children’s Community Nursing team

Look after children from 0 to 18 years old (and up to 19 if they have special needs) who have a life limiting or life threatening condition.

Children’s Continuing Care 

The purpose of continuing care funding is to specifically meet the identified health needs of a child or young person aged 0-17 years (up to their 18th birthday). Some children and young people may have complex health needs, which cannot be met by the services that are routinely available from primary care, secondary care, and other community services.

Children and Young People’s services (NHS) 

Advice on needs assessments and support available.

Nutrition and Dietetic service

They provide one-off advice for children with Autism, neuro-disabilities such as cerebral palsy, specific syndromes such as Prader Willi, and premature babies with feeding difficulties.

They see children who live in Haringey aged between 0-18 years old or 0-19 years old if they attend Special School.

Community Nutrition and Dietetic service


The community paediatric medical teams in Haringey see children and young people aged 0-19.

Dental services

Specialist dental services are available for Haringey residents (for children, young people, and adults) who have complex needs and are unable to be seen by a general dentist.

Patients must be referred by a dentist or other health/social care professional.

Educational Psychology service (EPS)

They provide high-quality psychological support to children, young people and their families to improve their educational and wellbeing outcomes.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH)

GOSH is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.

With their research partner, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, they form the UK’s only academic Biomedical Research Centre specialising in paediatrics.

Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.

Health and development check 

All Haringey children aged 2 who attend an early years setting will have a development check.


Support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

The National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) 

nasen is a charity that supports professionals who work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Occupational Therapy service

The Children’s Community Occupational Therapy service in Haringey provides assessment, advice and intervention for babies, children, and young people with a range of neuro-developmental difficulties or complex special needs.

Personal health budget

The budget is for children and young people birth to 18 years that are eligible for continuing care support.


POhWER is a charity and membership organisation. We provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

SCOPE - Sleep Right for families of disabled children who have problems sleeping

SCOPE's Sleep Right service offers support from a sleep practitioner experienced in working with disabled children, practical advice and suggestions, as well as tailored sleep plans and telephone and email support.

Sleep tips from the NHS

Feeling relaxed is important in the run up to bedtime for both parent and child.  If your child is experiencing difficulties sleeping it can make you both feel anxious.  Youngsters often pick up on stress levels so try to create a relaxing and calm environment as bedtime approaches.

Stroke Association - childhood stroke support service

The Stroke Association offers a childhood stroke support service which provides information, advice, support and networking events for families affected by stroke in childhood.

Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN)

SWAN is the only dedicated support network in the UK for families of children and young adults with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

It is free for any family in the UK with a child (0-25) affected by an undiagnosed genetic condition to join SWAN.

Wide Fit Shoes - Disabled and Special Needs footwear and advice

Wide Fit Shoes offer shoes for orthotics designed for anybody that wears corrective devices including braces and foot splints related to disability or a health condition.

Pregnancy, new parents and early years (0-4)

Health Visiting Service (0-4)

We work with children under the age of 5. The Health Visiting Teams offer specific advice and support on the emotional and physical well being of the child and family.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

NCT supports parents through the first 1,000 days of being a parent, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. The website provides advice around; bonding and caring for your baby, emotions, work and relationships and friendships.

NCT also has a range of fun, informative and social antenatal classes and postnatal courses to support your new life as a parent.

Parent Infant Psychology Service (PIPS)

Our parent infant psychology service (PIPS) is a therapy service set up to support mums and dads, and their babies, living in Haringey.

Resources for parents from the NHS

NHS services for new parents.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessment

Haringey Children and Young People Mental Health Service (CYPS) is an NHS service consisting of 5 teams which work closely together. 

The Haringey CYPS provide attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessments for children and young people. Referrals for an ADHD assessment must come from schools only.

For more information, visit the the NHS Haringey CYPS website (external link) and scroll down to the 'Haringey Neurodevelopmental Pathway' button.


Haringey Autism Support

Support, information and resources for children and young people with Autism and their families.

National Autistic Society 

The UKs leading charity for autistic people and their families, providing support, guidance, advice and more. 

#ActuallyHaringey - The Autism Hub

#ActuallyHaringey is a specialist autism-specific service that is designed to deliver early help provision to address the needs of autistic adults and those approaching adulthood and their support networks.

Hearing and Vision Support

Audiology and Vestibular medicine

The audiovestibular medicine department at St. Ann’s Hospital is a secondary/tertiary level service that provides a fully comprehensive service in audiovestibular (hearing and balance issues) medicine for both adults and children.

This consultant led service provides specialist diagnostics, assessment, and treatment primarily for the residents of Haringey and for newborns and children in Enfield.


BlindAid (formerly known Metropolitan Society for the Blind) is a registered charity helping visually impaired people in London.

As well as providing company and conversation our visitors offer the following support: Assistance with reading correspondence and occasionally, writing letters; Loans of audio equipment arranged through the British Wireless for the Blind Fund and other services.

British Deaf Association

Information about the British Deaf Association, British Sign Language and the deaf community.

Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support group (CICS)

CICS offer first-hand experience of the difference that cochlear implantation can make to the lives of deaf children and their families. They can help with issues that surround life for a child that has or is being considered for a cochlear implant.

They aim to provide advice and support pre and post implantation through peer support.

Deafblind UK

The organisation for dual sensory impaired people.

Empowering Deaf Society (EDS)

A charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the world's leading centres for eye health. Children and young people are seen at the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre located on Peerless Street.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

An organisation consisting of carers, parents and families. Their aim is to help deaf children enhance their skills and abilities.

Newborn hearing screening

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme is a sector wide programme provided by Whittington Health offering hearing screening to all babies born across North Central London (NCL). The screening teams are based at the Whittington Hospital, Royal Free, UCLH, Barnet Hospital, and North Middlesex University Hospital.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

The RNIB provides information, advice and support to blind people.


Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.  They provide tailored support, advice, and information as well as specialist services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.

In addition, they support people who have single sensory impairment with additional needs.

Sensory support team - hearing

They aim to improve the educational and life outcomes for deaf babies, children, and young people.

They provide information, advice and support regarding educational management and all aspects of deafness, including language and communication, listening equipment and social and emotional wellbeing.

Sensory support team – vision

They aim to improve the educational and life outcomes babies, children, and young people with a sight loss. They provide information, advice and support regarding educational management and all aspects of vision.

Advice focuses on support for parents and carers, independence, access to the curriculum/books and materials, helpful technology, getting around safely (mobility), self-help skills and improving the environment.

Mobility Training for Children 

The Guide Dogs organisation supports blind and partially sighted people to live the life they choose. They provide Mobility Training for Children for children with a vision impairment designed to help children and young people reach their full potential.

Movement and Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy service 

This is a specialist paediatric physiotherapy service for babies, children, and young people with disabilities or those with movement problems which impact on their development and ability to engage in everyday activities.  


CPotential is a registered charity, based in North London, providing life-changing learning to help disabled children achieve their potential. They work with children and young people aged 0-14 who have movement disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, global development delay or acquired brain injury

CPotential also help children and adults with other conditions and/or disabilities.

Physiotherapy service

The physiotherapy service works with the children or young people to improve movement and normal body function.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary out-patient service which provides assessments and treatments for children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing serious mental health problems or marked emotional and behavioural problems which are complex and enduring and have a significant impact on the child or young person’s functioning.

Looking after a child or young person’s mental health 

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

The Mental Capacity Act, 2005 

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005, is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over.

Mental health education

Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers, and school/college staff.

Mind in Haringey

Mind in Haringey provides information, advice and support to people affected by mental health problems, primarily in Haringey. They work to prevent mental health problems, promote mental well being and ensure those with mental health problems are respected and included in our local community.


For more mental health resources, visit the Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs webpage.

Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Afasic - unlocking speech and language

Advice and information services including helpline, email support, free to download factsheets and access to local networks.

Speech and Language UK

For families: give families the confidence and skills to help a child​ facing challenges with talking and understanding words.

For teachers: design innovative tools and training for nursery staff and teachers.

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) for children in Haringey, works with children with a range of difficulties around communication and eating. We work with speech (e.g. speech sounds), language (words and sentences), communication (e.g. attention, listening and interaction skills), and those who have eating and drinking difficulties.

Preparing for Adulthood support (14-25)

Haringey's Preparing for Adulthood (14-25)

Information on getting a job, where to live, getting the right benefits, managing your health, transition and more.

Page last updated:

December 22, 2023