2. Support from Outside Agencies and Specialist Services

The outside agencies and specialist services that come in to School to provide extra support for our children

Teaching and support staff work closely with specialist services which provide support for our School. Below are some of those services available to us and other Camden Schools, funded by the local authority or the NHS. You can find out more about each of these services in the Local Authority Local Offer website: Health and Care Services Section.

Specialist Services

Educational Psychologists
30 sessions (3 hrs each) per year
Observation and assessments of children’s needs to help support their learning.  Consultation with and advice to staff, parents + children.

The Sensory Advisory Service
By referrals for specific children
Support and advice to parents, children School staff on meeting the needs of Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired children.   Staff training.   Occupational Therapists.  Approximately half day per fortnight.  Support and advice on the physical skills, sensory regulation and life skills of children who have been referred, either through direct work with the children or helping to provide advice for the School.

The Primary Learning Support Service (PLSS)
By referral
Provide assessments and specialist help for children with emotional, social, language, communication and mental health difficulties. Provides specialist teachers and speech and language therapists to support children with language and communication difficulties, including disorders such as specific language impairment and autism.

Camden Language and Communication Service
2  days per month
Part of PLSS, this service provides individual face-to-face support for children who have been referred for Speech and Language needs. Also provides support and training for staff.

Camden Physical Disability (PD) Outreach Service
By referrals for specific children

Camden Physical Disability (PD) Outreach Service supports children in mainstream schools

Camden Education Welfare Service
1 day per month
Oversees school attendance and truancy, also with child protection and welfare, and bullying where pupils are not attending school. Gives advice and training on how to improve attendance to schools. Acts as a link between a child’s school and home.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Team
By referrals for specific children
Assessment and treatment when children and young people and their families are finding it hard to cope with family life, school or the wider world. Includes nurses, psychologists, therapists and social workers.

MOSAIC – supporting children with complex needs
By referrals for specific children
Integrated service for children and young people with disabilities, bringing together health and care services. Provides multi agency assessment, diagnosis and support for disabled children & their families from 0-18 including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Social Services
By referrals for specific children
Social services support families and safeguard children who may be at risk of harm.

Social, Communication and Autism Service (SCAS)
By referrals for specific children
Community-based service which offers assessment and diagnosis for children with social and communication difficulties (also a part of the MOSAIC service).

School nurse
1 day per week
Coordinates health assessment for all children when they start school and keeps under review all children with ongoing health needs.

Gender Identity Development Service at Tavistock and Portman
By referrals for specific children
NHS specialist service who see children and young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity. Also offer counselling to children of parents with gender identity problems.

UCLH Paediatric Diabetes Team
By referrals for specific children
Helps children and young people (up to 19 years) with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, maturity onset diabetes in the young and secondary diabetes (with steroid therapy). Team consists of specialist doctors, nurses, psychologists and dieticians and aims to maximise health and wellbeing for children, young people and families.

Michael Palin Centre for Stammering
By referrals for specific children
Centre offers a specialist service to children and young people who stammer. Offers  a range of therapy programmes which can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each person.

 

Each service has referral and eligibility criteria (detailing which children they are likely to accept on to their service) – this means that service support is targeted to children with higher levels of need.

We will always involve parents or carers in any decisions about whether their child has a special educational need and the best ways to provide support, and ensure that we have verbal or written consent.