Specialist Advisory Service
The Specialist Advisory Service is made up of several teams who work together to support children and young people in partnership with others and aims to improve the quality of life of children and young people.
Mainstream Key Stage Team
This team is made up of Specialist Teachers who provide an advisory and assessment service to schools for children and young people (CYP) with severe and complex difficulties at the SEN Support level, and for those with Education Health and Care Plans.
The team comprises specialist teachers in the areas of Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.
The team is in regular contact with all schools where discussions can be held to determine those CYP most in need of access to the service.
Information and guidance for professionals
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Early Years Team
The Early Years SEND team offers term-time outreach advice and support to parents and settings.
The team also forms part of the Multi-Agency Assessment Group offering early assessment for children with significant and complex developmental needs. The Early Years Psychologist is also part of this group, as are various therapists.
Referrals are made through the CAF and Early Support processes. Some children are identified through a medical referral or through Child in Need/Child Protection meetings.
The Portage Service is a term-time home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs. The needs of individual children may present as either severe, complex or profound and multiple difficulties.
All pre-school children with learning support needs are eligible for the service.
The service has an open referral system, so parents/carers or anyone with concerns regarding a child’s development and with the parent/carers’ permission, can refer a pre-school child.
A general guide to referral would be that a child demonstrates significant developmental delay when compared with their peer group or that the child has a recognised medical condition.