Autism and Social Communication Team

Unfortunately, due to the current situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) all coffee, training and face to face sessions have had to be postponed until further notice. We are, however, regularly updating our Local Offer pages especially for parents at this challenging time. We are endeavouring to be as creative as possible and to offer support in whatever way we can. We are pleased to announce the team is available for telephone consultations, to provide a listening supportive ear, sign posting to resources and anything else we can do to support our families and children at this time, we will try to be as creative as possible.

In particular we are trying to upload specific visuals/ tools parents have requested or may find useful such as sensory ideas, timetable symbols and anxiety tools.

If you know of any families/ parents of children you would like to sign post to us with a social com/ ASD profile during this time please do so by asking them to contact our social com email below in the first instance. If there is anything you would like us to add on to the page please contact us and will do our best to add it.

We know when parents come to our coffee sessions often it’s just the opportunity to talk and off load that helps, so it may be if all we can do is this right now it may make a little difference.

The Sefton contract with commissioned service Together Trust ended in October 2020. Referrals to the Sefton social communication team can be made in the usual way.

Kath Dutton and the ASD/ social com team



The Autism and Social Communication Team sits within Sefton’s Inclusion Service, Complex Needs Team. This new service offers support to children and young people with Social Communication Needs and Autism in mainstream settings.

The team currently consists of a Lead Practitioner and three Inclusion Support Workers, who are specialists in providing advice, support, training, modelling, coaching and resources to primary and secondary mainstream schools across Sefton. We also offer support to meet the needs of the more complex cases within the borough.

Alongside regular parent support/ consultation and drop in sessions, we offer INSET training within schools as well as bespoke centralised training, a training and networking support programme for Primary Teaching Assistants, and specialist transition support programmes for children moving from nursery to reception, and from Y6 to Y7. Post diagnosis sessions for parents are delivered with colleagues from Speech and Language Therapy.

Referrals for the above autism services are accepted from mainstream schools within Sefton upon receipt of a completed referral pack. There are criteria for acceptance and Together Trust are not able to accept referrals directly; they must come via Sefton.

Click below for further details.

  • Sefton Parents Social Communication Training/Coffee sessions (Face to face training is currently cancelled due to Coronavirus)

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