SEND - Special Education Needs and Disabilities

All information about services and provision for those with special educational needs and/or a disability [SEND] aged 0-25 can be found on the Local Offer.

Read the SEND 0-25 newsletters.

Read a copy of the first Knowsley area SEND inspection on Ofsted's website.


Preparation for adulthood survey

​Knowsley Council want to improve the process of Preparing for Adulthood provided to young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disabilities (SEND) and those on Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs).

We want to hear about your experience of Preparing for Adulthood in Knowsley. Are you a young person, a parent/carer, a teacher, SENCO, volunteer or community leader? 

Read more. You will find the link to the survey most suited to you on here.

The closing date is 19 March 2023


Thank you for taking part


SEND Area Inspection – Written Statement of Action

From 14-18 March 2022, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted the first local area inspection in Knowsley of Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) services and support provided across Health, Social Care, Council and Education providers.
A number of areas for improvement have been identified and a Written Statement of Action (an action plan to ensure that the local area continues to improve at pace) has been developed to address these areas. The three areas are:-

  1. Improving the 0-25 universal public health offer to ensure that the identification of SEND is timely.
  2. Reducing the waiting time for assessment of neurodevelopmental needs and improving communication with parents/carers/children and young people.
  3. Strengthening the planning for and communication about preparation for adulthood for young people with SEND

SEND Strategy 2018 - 2021



In Knowsley, our vision is for all children and young people to have the best start in life, thrive, aim high and achieve their potential. Naturally, we want the same for those children and young people who experience special educational needs and / or disabilities. The SEND Strategy 2018-2021 sets out how we intend to achieve this by working in partnership with our children, young people and their families. This will be achieved by addressing five key priorities:

  • Joint working across all SEND services, partners and families
  • Co-production with children and young people with SEND and their parents / carers
  • Improve education, health and care outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • Ensure all young people with SEND make a successful transition to adulthood
  • Improve the quality of Education Health and Care Plans

SEND IASS – Information, Advice and Support Service

SEND IASS services provide free and confidential impartial information, advice and support to disabled children and young people (from 0-15 years), and those with SEN, and their parents. SEND IASS also covers other issues related to special educational needs/disability (SEND) such as health and social care issues. Liverpool and Knowsley SEND IASS is a new combined service for residents of Liverpool and Knowsley and is delivered by WIRED.  Services available include:-

  • Telephone and email helpline service
  • Information and support for parents, carers, children and young people
  • Written information about Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Information sessions for parents and carers
  • Advice and support relating to school admissions and appeals

 Further information is available on the SEND IASS website.

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