Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service

Service details

Who are we?

We are a team of highly trained speech and language therapists who support schools, families and individual children with their communication and language development.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in Hackney is provided by Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The team are based in locality teams across Hackney and provide services for Children and Young People aged 0-19 or 25 with SEND.

  • Our teams work in the following settings:
  • The Neonatal Unit at Homerton Hospital
  • Children’s homes
  • Nurseries
  • Children’s Centres
  • Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools - including ARP's (Additionally Resourced Provisions)
  • Special Schools
  • The Virtual school
  • Colleges
  • Alternative Provision settings
  • Hackney's Youth Justice Service

What do we do? 

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

Working together is important as it is the small and consistent changes that can be made at home and in nurseries and schools that will help children most.

How can I contact the service? 

There are 3 speech and language therapy teams in Hackney based in different localities. If you contact the service you will be directed to the appropriate team or supported to make a referral. All three teams can be contacted in the following ways:

How do we work? 

Support for 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. We work with settings to improve the communication environment and support children and young people to access and get the most out of the setting they are in.

Support for children who need specific support

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

Identification and support for children aged 0-5 years

The service runs monthly assessment sessions called Talking walk-in. These are held at Children's Centres all over Hackney. If you are worried about your child’s communication you can contact the team and they will book you in for one of these assessment sessions. Practitioners and professionals can also make referrals for parents  to attend Talking Walk In assessment session with their child.

Therapists may follow up with:

  • Direct assessment and intervention work with individual children. 
  • Regular reviews of children to make sure that they are continuing to do well and that the programme is updated and continues to provide what is needed. 

The service also offers Beginner Makaton workshops for parents and carers and services working to support young children.

Identification and support for school aged children and young people

Mainstream primary and secondary schools in Hackney have link Speech and Language Therapists assigned to them. If you have concerns about your school aged child you can ask your teacher, school SENCo or GP to contact us.

Other Speech and Language Therapy support

We offer advice and training to families and teaching staff. This might be about adults changing how they support a child or doing some special and specific activities.

We can help develop targets so that everyone is working towards the same goals for individual children.

We set up and run group work targeting specific areas of language and communication development. Group work helps as children and young people already do much of their school learning in groups.

The Speech and Language Therapist may train others staff members to run group work.

Hackney Speech and Language Therapy service has it's own website which offers expert advice and specific resources including short instruction videos about specif ways you can help your child. View the Get Hackney Talking website here. 


What if English is not mine or my child's first language? 

If you are planning to access the service and need an interpreter this can be arranged for you.

Please call our administrators on 020 7683 4262

SEND Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years and Pregnancy 0-4
Primary 4 -10
Secondary 11-14
Preparing for Adulthood 14-18
Young Adults 18 - 25
SEN Provision Type
  • Targeted
  • Specialist

Who to contact

020 7683 4262 020 7683 4262
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Where to go

Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service
(Main Office for all referral and general queries)
Speech and Language Therapy
Room 31, D Block
St Leonard’s Hospital

N1 5LZ

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We see people in the community settings and in local schools. 

If you have access needs we will work with you to make sure these are not a barrier to you getting support from the service.  

Time / Date Details

Time of day
  • Morning
  • Afternoon

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Referral required?


Referral Details

If your child is aged 0 – 4 you can call the team and they will book you into a Talking Walk In session.

If your child is over 5 you can ask your teacher, 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 your child is receiving 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

PALS website information and contact details.  

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