Regular updates from Haringey Council's SEND team.

We want to welcome you to our new look Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) newsletter!

The newsletter has been redesigned to provide families with the information they need in an easily accessible format. This newsletter is part of our exciting developments for Haringey Children, Young People and their families. As always, we welcome your feedback - please let us know how well it works for you.

You can send us any comments via email at:

News section

Changing Places in Finsbury Park

Haringey Council is excited to announce there is a brand-new Changing Places toilet in Finsbury Park, North London, boosting the accessibility of green space in the borough.

The new toilet facility is part of a larger accessible development instigated by the council within the park, which includes the new ‘Richard Hope Play Space’, also opened in May. The new play space has been designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind, featuring a wide range of play equipment and disabled play provision.

Zack at the The Changing Places facilities in Finsbury Park
Zack and friends at the The Changing Places facilities in Finsbury Park

Whittington Health NHS Trust

Between January and April, Whittington Health NHS Trust ran a consultation looking at where they should base their Children and Young People’s services. Feedback showed that overall people would prefer to access them at Tynemouth Road Health Centre.

They now need 'experts by experience' to help them develop a specialist 'Children and Young People’s Health Hub' at Tynemouth Road Health Centre. The team would help shape the service design to suit you and your family. Your experiences will be reflected in the newly developed site.

Please email or call 020 7288 5674 and leave a voicemail.

Celebrating success

School Leavers at The Grove

Well done to the school leavers at The Grove who have secured internships for next year!

The programme will see the students moving on to a 4 day a week work apprenticeship at Whipps Cross with one day a week at college at Elephant and Castle. We are so proud of them and know they will be really successful in their next adventure!

Youth Justice Service

Congratulations on Haringey achieving the ‘Youth Justice SEND Quality Lead status’!

The Youth Justice Service, working with partners, was awarded the highest-level grading for ‘Achievement for All’ for its work in supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities within the criminal justice system.

Feedback highlighted that the evidence submitted was one of the best examples provided. You can find out more about the criteria for achieving this award on the Achievement for All website.

Haringey Autism Team

The Autism Team are all very proud of Sinéad for her hard work. She has recently joined our online Youth Club, she regularly lights up the sessions with her contributions and her interaction with younger attendees.

Below is a quote from her father about her reward for being ‘most improved student’ in terms of her academic achievement on her Health and Social Care course:

“Sinéad was one of 12 students at H6F selected to meet the Trustees for breakfast, because she has made such good progress this year.”

Primary aged children course on understanding autism

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 9.30am - 12pm

A course for parents/carers of primary aged children with a recent diagnosis of autism. This session will be online, and you'll need to register in advance if you wish to attend.

Book now: Primary aged children course on understanding autism

SENDIASS and Markfield online training courses

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) and Markfield run a programme of free online training workshops for parents/carers who live in Haringey:

  • Guide to Personal Independent Payments
    Tuesday 7 July, 10am - 1pm
  • Guide to the Resource Allocation form
    Tuesday 13 July, 10am - 2pm

To book a place, please visit the Markfield website or call 020 3667 5233.

These courses are delivered via the online Zoom app. If you need support with setting up Zoom, please let us know when booking.

5 and under autism seminar for families

Wednesday 30 June 2021, 10am to 12pm

This is a session for parents/carers of children aged 5 and under with a recent diagnosis of autism. Among other things, the seminar will help families to:

  • develop an understanding of autism
  • discuss experiences of getting a diagnosis
  • identify how autism can affect families 

This session will be online, and you'll need to book your place.

Register now: 5 and under family seminars

Online Summer School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Discover Summer School 2021 will take place online from Tuesday 3 August 2021 to Friday 6 August 2021.

Applications are now open.

Apply now: Discover Summer School 2021

Sanjuro Martial Arts Inclusion Programme

This youth programme is aimed at 11 - 18 year olds and up to 24 years for disabled young people, and young people with special educational needs and associated learning difficulties. It is aimed at people:

  • with Down's syndrome
  • with autism
  • who have visual impairments
  • who use wheelchairs

Sanjuro instructors are deaf aware and Anthony (one of them) uses BSL and Makaton in class.

For more information and contact details, please visit the Sanjuro Martial Arts website.

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Short Breaks - Disabled Children Team (DCT)

Disabled children and young people have the right to be supported at home and in their local communities, to have opportunities to make and meet friends, feel confident, and to thrive with a good family life.

Short breaks help to do this by giving an opportunity for children and young people to meet new people, take part in activities, enjoy positive learning opportunities, and have different experiences whilst giving their families a break from their caring responsibilities.

Contact the DCT duty service for more information via email at:

Family Play Sessions at Markfield Community Centre

Session times:

  • Thursdays, 12 - 2.30pm
    Stay and Play for children under five and parents. No booking needed
  • Saturdays, 11am - 1pm, and 1pm - 3 pm
    Families with children up to age 16. Children aged over 8 years can attend without a parent.
In line with COVID-safety guidelines for our busier weekend sessions, we are asking families to book in advance as numbers are limited.

You can book online on Eventbrite or telephone 0203 667 5233.

Designated Medical Officer and Designated Clinical Officer

The Designated Medical Officer and Designated Clinical Officer for SEND will ensure health’s compliance with the legislation and spirit of the SEND Code of Practice leading to improved outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

Your DCO is Andrew Ralephata (SLT) and the DMO is Dr Emily Bolland. They are both from Whittington Health who provide our community Health services.

Please email if you need further information.


020 8489 1913

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Transport Team

020 8489 5768 | 020 8489 5692 | 020 8489 5629



The Disabled Children's Team (DCT)

The DCT duty team office is open Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm (contact by telephone only). 

020 8489 3671 | 020 8489 3672

Emergency telephone number (out of hours):
020 8489 0000

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