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Blackpool SEND Inclusion Team

Blackpool Council established a Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) Inclusion Team in 2017. The purpose of the team is to support schools in promoting inclusive practice, to improve the local offer and service provision available for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability and to help to reduce the number of exclusions in Blackpool.

The team has been formed from the amalgamation of the Communication, Learning  & Autism Service and the Physical & Sensory Service with the addition of two new Advisory Teacher roles in Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Cognition and Learning.

This new team will cover all four areas of need identified in the Code of Practice 2014.

First and foremost the Local Authority want to ensure every child with SEND in Blackpool has their needs met, that they are happy and are making progress, both in and out of school. We want to achieve this by working together with schools supporting both individual pupils and, when appropriate, reviewing and advising on whole school approaches and developments. We want to support schools to further develop their in-school expertise through training, coaching and mentoring staff, in addition to supporting the young people and their families.

The team covers the following

  • Communication and interaction (CI)
    • Speech Language and Communication (SLCN)
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH)
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs
    • Visual Difficulties
    • Hearing Difficulties
    • Physical Difficulties
    • Medical Difficulties

Referral to the Inclusion Team

We have a generic Request for Involvement Form for Children and Young People. Referrals can be made from schools, medics and other professionals.

Details about the team, including the functions, roles and contacts are contained in the Blackpool SEND Inclusion Team Information Book - For Parents which is available to view in the download area of this page.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Angela Crawforth:
Contact Position
Team Coordinator
01253 476743

Other Details


Referral Details

Yes: The referring agency sends the referral form and accompanying documentation. This usually comes directly from the school or from Audiology

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Birth (0-2)
Early Years (3-4 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Adulthood (16-25)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 22 Aug 2019
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