Educational, Health & Care (4-16 year olds)

At this critical time in a child or young person’s life there are a number of services offering help or advice to ensure that children & young people have a smooth transition into nursery/childcare, primary school and then secondary school. 

Services that offer educational support

  • Do you think your child has a need or disability affecting their ability to learn?  The SEN team have put together some information that offers Help with Special Educational Needs and requesting an assesment.  There is more information on this on the SEND Team & Process page.
  • The Educational Psychology Service is committed to facilitating and supporting improved educational, social, personal and community outcomes for children and young people in Knowsley.
  • Knowsley Special Sector Partnership are a partnership of 7 specialist school settings, catering for the needs of some of the most needy, vulnerable and challenging pupils from across Knowsley.
  • Children or young people could have problems with their physical development, intellectual development, learning, behaviour, emotional wellbeing and social skills at some point in their lives and may require support or advice from one of the Knowsley Area Support Teams. 
  • If your child attends a Knowsley school and meets the criteria set out in the Transport Policy, he/she may be eligible for free transport to school. This is usually a Merseytravel bus pass. You can see further information by looking at the SEN Home to School Transport page.
  • The Hospital and Home Tuition Service provides education for children & young people who cannot attend school because of medical needs.
  • For parent/carers that are interested in Home Education there is a some information available on the Gov.UK website and also Education Otherwise can provide information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education and the law, SEN and disabilities.
  • Knowsley has a service offering Educational Support for Children Looked After providing the support that children and young people need to get the best outcomes possible from their education.
  • In Knowsley we have a Sensory Impairment Service 0 – 25 years which has information for both visual and hearing impaired.  This team works with the local Children's Therapy Service and offer Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • The Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS) supports children and adults whose challenging behaviour is impacting upon their family and services around them, reducing their qualtity of life and will possibly lead to expulsion from community based services
  • More services involved with or offering educational support


Most children with SEND will attend their local mainstream school, i.e. Knowsley Primary Schools or Knowsley Secondary Schools these links will take you to the relevent section and you will be able to view the individual schools and their SEN information.  If your child has more specialised needs we have some Knowsley Special Schools & the Pre School Portage team who can support your child's education. 

We also have information about Independent/nonmaintained special educational needs schools, that may be based in or outside Knowsley.

If you are over 16 and considering colleges or moving into employment there is information available on our Becoming an Adult section.

Services that offer Health Support

  • The Developmental or Behavioural Concerns page contains information on other services that can help with these worries including the Child Development Team.
  • The Sensory Impairment Service is a centrally held education service for any child with a diagnosed hearing or visual disability within the borough of Knowsley available from birth
  • Our School Nursing Team is available to all children and young people in Knowsley and we are here to support you with any health issues or concerns you may have up until your 19th birthday.
  • The Special School Nursing Team work closely with young people, their families and carers, other school staff, healthcare professionals, and the Knowsley Children with Disabilities Service, as well as private and voluntary agencies to make sure the needs of young people are met.
  • The Immunisation Team deliver the routine national immunisation programme for school-aged children in Knowsley
  • Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust have advisory appointment available to parents/carers of children diagnosed with ASD or on the Alder Hey Autism Spectrum Pathway.  Further information can be found here.
  • is an online and sometimes face-to-face mental health service for children and young people 11-25 living in or attending school in, Knowsley. Young people in care living in Knowsley or young people who are from Knowsley but resident in care in another borough are welcome to use the service.
  • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a specialist service providing support and therapeutic intervention to children, young people and their families who are experiencing complex, persistent and severe emotional and psychological problems.
  • Paediatric Dentistry at the Liverpool University Dental Hospital provide dental care for children with complex medical needs.
  • Fullerton Grove provides children with disabilities that meet the criteria and their families overnight breaks (Respite).

Please remember to check out the Advice & Support page as there may be more information and services listed there that can help you.