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Family Services

The Family Services Team lead on the support of children, young people and their families so that with the necessary skills, young people progress into adulthood to further achieve their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Fundamental to this is our joint partner commitment to the delivery of services through a key working approach for all.


Family Services:

  • support individual children and young people and their families through their education pathway and/or SEND Journey
  • ensure that assessments, including education, health and care needs assessments, provide quality advice and are delivered within statutory timescales
  • monitor the progress of children and young people with SEND in achieving outcomes to prepare them for adulthood and offer support and guidance at transition points
  • support children and young people who have been permanently excluded or who are at risk of exclusion.
  • provide challenge to education providers to ensure provision meets the needs of individual children and young people.


We have seven locality-based team as follows:

At Riverside, Lowestoft, there is one team supporting:

  • Lowestoft & Waveney

At Endeavour House, Ipswich, there are four teams supporting:

  • Suffolk Coastal
  • Ipswich North & East
  • Ipswich South & West
  • South Suffolk

At West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds, there are two teams supporting:

  • West Suffolk
  • Bury St Edmunds and Central Suffolk

Who to contact

Family Services
See the 'Family Services teams' document on the right for contact details relevant to you

Where to go

Area served

Other details

Age Groups
Pre-school, 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people
Last Updated

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The service operates in line with the Children and Families Act (2014) and SEND Code of Practice (2015), working in partnership with a full range of organisations involved in delivering the Local Offer, including health, social care, education settings and other providers, as well as children, young people and families directly.

It is open to children and young people and their families who live in Suffolk, including those educated in other counties.

We will work with a child or young person until such a time as they settled and progressing in a new school setting when previously at risk of exclusion, during a EHC Needs Assessment or for the period of time that an EHC Plan is maintained.

The following document outlines the area co-ordinators and the Education Settings each team supports - download the PDF.

A list of Independent Specialist Settings and their allocated teams can be found here.

Assessments, Education, Health and Care Plans
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments


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