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Specialist Support Service

The Specialist Support Service (SSS), part of Familes First, is a centrally based County Council Education Service for the whole of Staffordshire. 

The Service consists of 5 teams:


The Service was established with the aim of ensuring that children and young people with Sensory Impairment and/or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) are given every opportunity to benefit from an inclusive educational experience. Children and young people will, whenever possible, attend their local mainstream Early Years provision, primary/secondary schools and colleges with their siblings and friends.  A small number of children with additional difficulties may attend local special schools.

Who we are

The Service consists of a range of specialist staff, including teachers, communication support workers, mobility officers and business support staff who provide a wide range of support for pupils, students and their families.

What we do

We work with the families, teachers, tutors and other professionals involved with children and young people with a sensory impairment and/or ASC. We may work with such people from the time of diagnosis or identification.  Support is available for students in further and higher education establishments in Staffordshire.

The type and amount of support is assessed on individual need and is constantly monitored.


Children with a sensory impairment are referred to the Service from health professionals and is often at a very young age following diagnosis.  For those pupils either diagnosed or identified with an Autism Spectrum Condition, referrals come directly from the schools and Early years Settings.

Contact Details

Specialist Support Service provides a County-wide provision, staff can be contacted through the main office number:

Specialist Support Service
The Kingston Centre
ST16 3TW
Tel: 01785 356830 (main office number)

Julia Anderson - Head of Service
Education Psychology and Specialist Support Service (ASSIST, Autism, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment) 

For contact details and more information about individual teams within the SSS please follow the above links.