Alternative, Respite and Shared Care

Along with other organisations, we provide a number of services to support children with a wide variety of special needs and disabilities.

The Children With Disability Team accept referrals on children/young people who are aged between 0 and 16 years of age and who have a significant physical disability, learning disability or a sensory impairment that impacts on their ability to access opportunities available to non-disabled children. Please refer to the  page for more information.

We operate a number of accommodation units to provide residential care for children and young people who cannot remain at home.

These young people, aged between 12 and 18, are only placed in residential care following an assessment by a social worker and often only after a children's hearing decides that the child should be cared for by the council away from home.

Please refer to the page for more information.


Signpost is a registered charity operating within West Lothian and offers information and support to young people with additional support needs and their families. It is a 'one stop shop' service where people can explain their needs and be matched to agencies or other sources of information who can help. Signpost are also pleased to take enquiries from professionals working with families or individuals. No referral is necessary. The service provides a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment for anyone who needs to discuss an issue or consider their options on a particular topic.

Beatlie School Campus
EH54 5EJ.
Tel. 01506 431123
email -

Opening hours:
Monday - 9.30am-4.00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday - 9.00am-5.00pm
Thursday - 9.00am-3.30pm
Friday - 9.00am-1.00pm

You don't need an appointment, just pop in during the times above. If you have something important to discuss it might be worth phoning ahead to check that staff are available as they occasionally have to leave the office to attend meetings elsewhere.

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