From September 2014, under the new Children & Families Act, all local authorities have to produce a Local Offer detailing all local services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities. Southwark Council’s Local Offer website has just been launched – please send your comments on this website and any services you receive to the contact details in Have Your Say section. There are also plans to open a Parents’ Resource Centre or one-stop-shop to give families information and advice.
This page offers to signpost to services but is not a comprehensive list. We will be adding to this page and updating it regularly. Please contact us if you would like to add or change any information.
Southwark Council Local Services
Sunshine House, Southwark’s child development centre on the corner of St Giles Road and Peckham Road in Camberwell.
Children’s Services, Southwark Council,
Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
A specialised team within social care who can become involved with families where there is a disabled child with a severe and permanent disability. The Team is made up of Social Workers, Social Worker Assistants, a Communication Specialist, support staff and managers.
Tel: 020 3049 8250 Children with Disabilities
Short breaks are opportunities for disabled children and young people to have time away from their families or primary carers, to relax and have fun (see below). They also provide parents and carers of disabled children with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities. You can download the Short Break provision document here.
Family Link provides support to children with disabilities and their families. We aim to find an ongoing carer for your child. We support your family by linking you with a carer so your child can have planned, short breaks with them. With Family Link children make new friends, have new experiences and you get a break.
The transitions team can support young disabled people and their families, enabling them to move from children’s to adult services.
Southwark Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) team holds weekly drop-ins for parents and carers every Friday morning from 9.30 to 12.00 at Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH.
The SEN team processes requests for and conducts statutory assessments, attends annual reviews and oversees transitions and placements. You can call to make an appointment for a 20-minute slot or alternatively just drop in and wait to see one of the team. Special Educational Needs Section: tel: 0207 525 2719.
Southwark Council’s information on the SEND Reforms (to be implemented by September 2014): SEND Reforms
Southwark Council Children & Adults Services Dept
4th Floor, Hub 3, PO Box 64529
London SE1P 5LX
Gives information and advice to parents and young people on special educational needs, personal budgets, social care and health. SEN drop-in sessions for parent/carers:
- Tuesday mornings 9.30am to 12.00 noon
- Thursday afternoons from 4.30pm to 6pm
Both above sessions at Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH.
- Thursday mornings 9.30am to 12.00 noon at the One Stop Shop, 151 Walworth Road, SE17 1RY.
The sessions offer information, advice and guidance to help make informed decisions about your child’s education. You can also telephone the Parent Partnership team on 020 7525 5256. Email: email@example.com or go to: www.southwarkparentpartnership.co.uk.
An information and advice service for parents with children aged under five years at children’s centres around Southwark. Advice and help is offered if you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development. Find out times on the Southwark Council website here.
The council works closely with the NHS, voluntary and private organisations to provide a better range of day opportunities, education, housing and employment services. Find out more
You can apply online for a Blue Badge on Southwark Council’s website
This listing is not meant to be comprehensive and although we update it regularly, some of the information may not be correct. Please email us to advise of any changes or of any new Clubs or Activities you’d like to include in this section: firstname.lastname@example.org