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Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service - City and Hackney


March 2020 - Corona Virus Update

Due to Public Health and Government advice Homerton NHS teams will not be working with children/young people face to face unless the need is clinically urgent however Speech and Language Therapists continue to work off-site.

If you have concerns about a child’s speech and language development then you can complete a referral form and a therapist will make contact with  you over the phone. 

The referral form is available in the download section of this page. 

Services are still be able to access link therapists by phone or email to discuss specific children.

Oak National Academy and Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service - Hackney 

The Oak National Academy is a Department for Education sponsored online portal of lessons for students, families and schools to access during Covid 19.

Over the last few weeks they have started a specialist SEND offer through a national team of teachers, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

Hackney’s Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of this team and are supporting Oak National Academy to create online sessions for parents and students with additional needs.

Each week there are different topics and specialist teacher lessons and therapy sessions released. There are some great resources available for families and schools to utilise.

So far from Speech and Language Therapy there are sessions on:

  • how to write social stories
  • staying healthy
  • comic strip conversations
  • using AAC for commenting and choice making

Find the resources: The National Academy online classroom – specialist therapies

Who we are...

We are a team of highly trained speech and language therapists but it is the small and consistent changes that you make at home and in your school or nursery setting that will help your child.

If your child is having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking or swallowing, speech and language therapy may be able to help. 

We are split into three teams across Hackney. 

South Team                  

Room 31 - D Block, St Leonard's Hospital, Nuttall Street, Hackney, N1 5LZ

South Team enquiries: 020 7683 4587 (and for all referrals)

Central Team                       

Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, E8 1GQ

Central Team enquiries: 0208 820 7619 (and all EHCP requests)

North Team                          

John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney, N4 2NU

North Team enquires: 0207 683 4751 (and service wide feedback)

What we do...

Children who need some support:

  • Speech and Language Therapists work with Early Years settings, nurseries, academies, schools and colleges to support speech, language and communication for children and young people with identified needs.

Children who need specific support:

  • Speech and Language Therapists from the service start by assessing a child and young person. This usually consists of an interview with the parent or carer, followed by observation and direct work with the child or young person

Other support includes...

  • Providing advice and training to families and teaching staff. This might be about adults changing how they support your child or doing some special activities
  • Developing targets so that everyone is working towards the same goals for your child
  • Runing groups targeting a specific area. Groups are great for language and communication as children and young people do much of their learning at school in groups. The Speech and Language Therapist may train others to carry out the group

For under 5's...

  • There are monthly groups called Talking walk-in groups at Children's Centres all over the borough. You can just turn up, ask at Children's Centres
  • Working directly with your child
  • Regularly review a child or young person to make sure that they are continuing to do well and that the programme is updated and continues to be what is needed
  • Makaton


If you need an interpreter please call our administrators on 020 7683 4262 and this can be arranged for you.

Hackney Speech and Language Therapy service website:

Record Last Updated on: 20/05/2020

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Please contact the service for opening days and times

Other Details



Referral required?


Referral Details

If your child is 0 – 4 ,   you can drop in to a monthly Talking Walk-in group with your child to get some advice.  These are at children’s centres.

If your child is over 5,  you can ask your teacher or school SENCO or GP to contact us.

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have a concern about the support you or a relative or friend is receiving you should talk to the person in charge of the support or the manager of the service.

If you prefer to discuss your concern with someone independent of the service you can contact our Patient Liaison and Advice Service (PALS) who can help resolve queries and concerns quickly. If you are not happy with the outcome then they can advise you on our formal complaints process.


Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton Row

London E9 6SR


Phone: 020 8510 7315 - out of office hours voicemail service available

Textphone: 07584 445 400


For freedom of information requests 

How to Get Here

South team:

Buses: 38, 56, 37, 149, 243                    

Train: Old Street, Hoxton

Central team:

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

North Team:

Buses: 106, 141, 253, 254, 341

Tube: Manor House

Train: Finsbury Park, Harringay, Green Lanes

Parking: limited parking

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