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Hackney Ark - centre for children and young people with disability and special educational needs

Hackney Ark,
Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP
Telephone: 020 7014 7000


Who we are: 

Hackney Ark is a centre for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. The centre brings together health, education and social care services to provide an integrated multi-disciplinary response to the needs of disabled children and their families.

Hackney Ark's Resource Centre offers families useful information about special educational needs and disability (SEND), including local and national services that may be of interest.

It is also used as a welcoming venue for drop in information and support sessions run by parents groups ( As1 – parent support group and Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities HiP ) and services within the centre.

A sensory area is on offer for children waiting for appointments.  

What we do: 

The aim of services at Hackney Ark is to:

  • Work in partnership with parents and young people to place them at the centre of decision making (also called person centred planning)
  • Provide information, advice and support and / or a diagnosis of needs where appropriate
  • Provide a joined up approach to assessment, diagnoses, treatment, intervention and support
  • Communicate clearly with parents, children and the team around the family taking a "tell it once" approach
  • Work flexibly and openly to support families to lead everyday lives

A wide range of support and therapy is on offer at Hackney Ark including:

Information and signposting services...

Medical services... 

Therapy services...

Social support services...


SENDIAGS have relocated to Ann Tayler Children's Centre, 1-13 Triangle Road off Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RP

Phone: 020 7275 6036

Regular outreach information and advice surgeries for parents and young people are still operating from Hackney Ark's Resource Centre.

Record Last Updated on: 09/04/2019

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm

Other Details

Referral required?


Referral Details

Referral forms are available for each service within Hackney Ark.  

A referral to Hackney Ark can also be made by completing a MARs (Multi-agency referral) referral form or a letter of referral.

Referrals are discussed in a multi-agency forum which meets weekly in locality groups: north, central and south of the borough.

What to do if you have a complaint

Complaints can be made to a clinician or manager in the service or alternatively through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

The service can be contacted on 020 8510 7315 or

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 56, 67, 76, 149, 243, 276,

Train: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs

Parking: The car park has 10 car spaces including two spaces for disabled drivers along with motorcycle and bicycle spaces. Parking is restricted to clients and service users only.

Service users will need to use the entry-phone to alert main reception of their arrival and be permitted to enter the car park.  Anyone using the car park does so at their own risk.

There are on street parking bays opposite the building.

Transport to Service? For some children & young people depending on their mobility needs.

Reception can ring for cabs for patients.

Consideration may be given to the use of hospital transport in very exceptional circumstances only.

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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