Children and families

Centre of excellence for disabled children

A new Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children and their families is under construction in Acomb, on the former Windsor House Older People’s Home site. Building work should be completed by Summer 2020.

We're working with NHS England to fund the new centre, which will provide a range of support services that help disabled children remain in their families and communities.

Get involved with the Centre of Excellence

Children, young people, parents and carers have been involved throughout the whole design process for the building, helping us decide what gets included and how it should look.

Send your feedback, questions or comments about the Centre of Excellence to

Image of Centre of Excellence, Acomb

Image of Centre of Excellence, Acomb

Read our newsletter to keep up to date with the progress from the Centre of Excellence.

Centre of Excellence services

Our purpose-built centre will provide children and young people with Autism, Learning Disabilities and/or additional health needs with:

  • a safe and accessible space
  • residential and community short breaks
  • access to the Family Intervention Rapid Support Team (FIRST) - a specialist clinical psychology-led intensive assessment and intervention service
  • help for challenging behaviour which affects the ability to live at home or in the local community

The Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children is part of 'York's Local Offer for SEND' - services available in York for children, young people and their families with Special Educational Needs, and/or a Disability (SEND).

Centre of Excellence Livestream

Watch the building work live via our livestream, provided by Sewell Group.

Also see

Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA