Services which support children and young people with additional needs

Schools and Families Specialist Services

Specialist teachers and teaching assistants work with children and young people with a range of complex SEND from birth to nineteen years in homes, early years settings and schools.  Providing specialist assessments and interventions, including services for children and young people who are deaf, visually impaired, autistic and have cognitive learning difficulties.

For more information please contact the Senior Practitioners for the teams:

Communication and Interaction Team, Cognition and Learning Team, Sensory Team:

  • telephone: 0115 854646

Early Years Team:

  • telephone: 0115 8041232

Integrated Children's Disability Service (ICDS) 

The Integrated Children's Disability Service (ICDS) was created in September 2016 in response to the SEND reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014. ICDS brings together colleagues from education and social care to support children and young people with disabilities aged 0 to 25 years. 

The service consists of five teams:

  • Assessment Team for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) 
  • Specialist Support Service
  • Short Breaks Assessment and Review Team
  • Children's Occupational Therapy Team
  • Physical Disability Support Service

ICDS Statutory Education, Health, Care and Assessment team

The ICDS Statutory Education, Health, Care and Assessment Team is responsible for delivering the EHCP statutory duty as detailed in the Children and Families act 2014 to children and young people with SEND.

The team manages requests for EHC needs assessments and for the writing of plans describing the statutory education, health and social care provision needed in order to meet the young persons need.

The team will work with the family and young person to produce an EHCP detailing the specialist education needs of the child/young person, the provision needed in order to meet the need and the desired outcomes.

For more detailed information regarding Education, Health and Care Plans please click on the following link: EHC Plans

Duty contact details for the Assessment Team:

Newark, Sherwood & Bassetlaw:  

Mansfield and Ashfield :  

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe : 

Duty Number:  0115 804 1275

Specialist Support Team

The Specialist Support Team offers bespoke, individualised packages of support for children and young people aged 0-18 years, either within their own homes or local communities, delivered by trained / experienced support workers. The team is registered and inspected by Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The team offers:

Personal Care & Family support

  • Assistance with personal and intimate care in the home
  • Occupational Therapy interventions / Observations
  • Sleep support and advice
  • Establishing Positive routines

Specialised Short Breaks & Interventions

  • Group Provision (Saturday Hubs/Holiday groups)
  • Overnight Short Breaks, Home or Community
  • Specialist Short Breaks at home
  • Individualised support packages.

Short Breaks Assessment and Review Team

The Short Break Assessment and Review team are responsible for delivering Nottinghamshire County Council’s Short Break offer to children and young people with disabilities that do not meet the threshold for social care intervention.

The offer which was co-produced with children, young people and families in 2018, aims to enable children and young people with disabilities to participate in positive activities which promote independence as well as giving their parents and carers a break from caring. Requests to the service are via an online self- assessment which young people, parents and carers can access directly.

More information regarding Short Breaks including access to the online assessment and eligibility criteria can be found by clickinghe following link: Short Breaks

Duty contact details for Short Break Assessment and Review team:


Children’s Occupational Therapy Team

The team provides specialist assessment for disabled children and young people resident in Nottinghamshire up to the age of 18, who have a permanent and substantial disability which has an adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities within the home environment.

Occupational Therapy aims to provide support and intervention to help children and young people with disabilities develop to their full potential, considering the stage of development the child/young person has reached. It can assist with overcoming practical problems and maximizing a child/young person's independence in their own home, as well as supporting parents/carers to care for their disabled child/young person safely.

Following the assessment, a range of interventions may be offered. More information regarding these can be found by clicking on the following link: ICDS OT

Duty contact details for the Occupational Therapy Team:

Telephone :0115 8041273


Physical Disability Specialist Services (PDSS)

PDSS is responsible for providing specialist advisory support and guidance to schools, pre -schools and post 16 educational settings to support the inclusion of pupils with significant physical disabilities and complex medical/health needs to access their educational setting

Telephone: 0115 8041088


Education Psychology Services

Enable improvements in the attainment and emotional health and well-being of the most vulnerable children through the application of psychology to education and child development.

Contact Charles Savage:      


Specialist teachers and teaching assistants provide advice and support to schools and to partnerships of schools with regard to the social and emotional needs of children aged 3 to 11 years.  The service aims to secure and strengthen the school places of the primary aged children with the most severe and complex emotional and social needs;  where such children are without a school place, the team has responsibility for ensuring that they have access to appropriate education.

Contact Linda Armitage:       

Health Related Education Service

Supports children who are unable to attend school for health related reasons, including:

  • pregnant school age learners and school age mothers
  • learners in hospital receiving treatment
  • children who are too ill to attend school


For the north of the county contact Jill Priddle:


For the south of the county contact Maureen Sully:


Support and advice to schools in respect of the anti-bullying policy and strategies.

Contact Lorna Naylor:

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