Are you a parent and carer of someone under 25 years old in County Durham with a special educational need or disability? You can join the Children and Young People's Network for free! 

What is the Children and Young People's Network?

The Council keep a register of children and young people with a special educational need or disability, up to the age of 25. In County Durham we call this the Children and Young People's Network.

How do I join?

You can register online to join Children and Young People's Network. All information is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 and personal information remains confidential. You can remove your child's name from the register at any time.

Who can join?

Children and young people between the ages of 0-25, who live in County Durham, who have a physical or mental condition which has a "substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities" (Equalities Act 2010). This definition includes the following:

  • visual, hearing or sensory problems
  • mobility problems
  • developmental delay
  • communication problems
  • learning difficulties
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • chronic or severe illness

How will being on the register benefit my child?

As a member of the Children and Young People's Network, you and your child/children will receive:

  • Email or text alerts covering the latest news and developments, including up-to-date information about services, short break activities, events and general information.
  • Entry into the exclusive Children and Young People's Network Membership Card scheme which offers discounts to organisations across County Durham and the North East. A list of services who participate in the Children and Young People's Network can be found on our website.

Who to contact

03000 265 792
Children and Young People's Network

Where to go

Room 2/9-14
County Hall
County Durham

Other details

Referral required?
Age range
0-25 years old

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