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Welcome to the Solihull local offer - a website about services and support for children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs

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Additional Needs Strategy


Schools local offers

Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) Training

What to do if things go wrong - online support for young people

We would like to remind you of the availability of an online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people.

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside of counselling hou young people can message the team and get support the next day.

When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. This includes information about current affairs. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

You can also view a short video about the service at:

SEND Developments

This area has been created to update you on how we will improve the availability of education provision and increase capacity within the Borough so that more of our children and young people can have their needs met locally, whilst better managing our spending within the grant received from the government.

Single route of redress

In circumstances where Parent/Carers are challenging the educational aspects of the EHC Plan, this enables them to also challenge the Health and Social Care aspects of the plan. This came into force on 3rd April 2018. Please read this important information.

The local offer provides information to children and young people with disabilities and their families.

This information should help you to know what support and services are available in Solihull and to make informed choices about your education, health, care and transition to adulthood.

Solihull has a SEND 0-25 service based at Elmwood Place, 37 Burtons Way, Smiths Wood, Solihull, B36 0UG. This service brings together key professionals to provide services for eligible children and young people with SEND.

The SEND 0-25 service includes:

  • EHCP Service  - lead the assessment of young people for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plans)
  • SISS (Specialist Inclusion and Support Service) - provides specialist teaching, assessment, advice to inform EHC Plans, training and sensory support services, for  children and young people, their families and their educational setting.  Services can be offered from point of diagnosis until a young person leaves school. Some SISS services are traded services and are purchased by Schools.
  • CEPS (Community Educational Psychology Service) - provides educational psychology support, support to Schools, assessment and input to EHC Plans
  • Early Years - supports educational settings in the early identification of SEND and targeting focused support to assist development
  • CYPSDS (Children Young People's Specialist Disability Service) - is a Social Care service for children, young people and transition. The team assesses, provides services, monitors and reviews support plans and supports the transition of young people to Adult Social Care.
  • BU (Business Support Unit) - provides specialist administrative support for all SEND 0-25 service functions.

The Solihull local offer tells parents and young people what they are entitled to, what services are available to them and how to access them.

SISS Training - for information on training courses that are delivered by the SISS team.


Kooth January Update

7th January 2022

Happy New Year from the West Midlands Kooth Team! Firstly, we have the following Live discussions:- 7th January – Goal Setting – How to Go About It? 10th January – Houseplant Week Growth …

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Winter Warmth Campaign

6th December 2021

Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull have launched the annual Winter Warmth campaign to help people stay warm and well this winter. People can call the Solihull Winter Warmth helpline …

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Family Information Service Directory

You can also find out what support and services are available in the voluntary and private sectors – including charities, disability groups, nurseries, youth clubs and inclusive leisure activities for all children and young people.

This is all here on the Family Information Service Directory that you can search.


Education support services


Community health services in Solihull

Social Care

Respite and children’s disability services

14 to 25 years

Opportunities and support from 14-25