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Bunnyhill Children's Centre
Bunny Hill Centre Hylton Lane, Sunderland


Sunderland Autism Outreach Team

Referral Process


  • The specialist support team will be working collaboratively with settings and there will be accountability from both sides.
  • Pupils must be at range 3 on the TfC SEND Ranges
  • We can only accept referrals from educational settings we cannot accept referrals from GP’s, health professionals or parents.

Our offer:

  • We can/will work with other support teams to ensure the best outcomes for the child or young person.


  • Training opportunities may be identified following a referral to the service. E.g. 1:1 training with SENDCo, whole school training etc.

Individual advice:

  • Opening meeting with parents, teaching assistant/key worker, lead practitioner, teacher or SENDCo.
  • Up to 3 visits if needed in collaboration with the SENDCo. More support/visits given to high priority cases at support team discretion.

SEN Process

  • We will work in partnership with the school as part of the SEN process.

Our requirements:

  • Detailed evidence of the range the Child or young person is working within and an up to date support plan.
  • Copy of child’s provision map with reference to SEND notional finance.
  • SENDCo available for a consultation at each visit.
  • Access to the classroom
  • Access to teacher planning.
  • Specialist support teams outcomes to be embedded in child’s support plan.
  • Complete feedback/evaluation questionnaire.
  • SENDCo to cascade advice and strategies to rest of the school where relevant as the services are unable to offer repeat advice.
  • SENDCo role to ensure that strategies and advice offered by the support team is being implemented within the school.


Please find a copy of our referral form available to download below.

 Please find an example of a completed referral form for an Early Years, Primary and Secondary setting below.

Early Years setting

Primary Example

Secondary Example