Sense Children's Specialist Service

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. We provide tailored support, advice and information as well as specialist services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them. In addition, we support people who have a single sensory impairment with additional needs.

Our Children's Specialist Services is a team of specialist advisory teachers, children's therapists and Children and Family Support Workers who have a wide experience of working with children who are deafblind/multi-sensory impaired. 

We provide a core offer of support to families which includes:

  • we will get in touch with you within two working days of when you first contact them
  • you will meet a Sense specialist within eight weeks of first getting in touch
  • you will have your own identified worker
  • you will have the opportunity to attend at least one family event per year
  • you will have access to the Sense information and advice service
  • you will be offered the chance to join the Sense membership programme

We may also work alongside your council to provide an individual service solution tailored to your needs. This offer is provided through iur work as a charity. 

Our Children's Specialist Services Team can also offer other support at times of particular need, including:

  • Help when your child is first diagnosed - including giving you practical ideas about how to develop your child's skills, and advice on suitable play activities.
  • Assessments that look at your child as a whole - focusing on what your child can do and how that can be built upon.
  • Extra support at times of crisis - such as when a family is under considerable strain.
  • Support with significant periods of change for your child (transitions) - such as starting school and moving into adulthood.

Whatever the challenge or need, our aim to support you when it matters most. We stay with an individual and their family for every step of the journey from birth to adulthood, and then on to older age.

We also provide a range of training and consultancy services for professionals.

We are based in Wakefield, but staff cover the whole of the North of England. Our team conducts visits to family homes, local children's groups, schools and other locations as appropriate.

Who to contact

Contact name
Information and Advice
0300 330 9256

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Referrals are welcomed from families or professionals (with families' permission). They should go through our information and advice line who can put you in touch with the team quickly and easily.


Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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