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SEND Advisory Services: Current Service Offer

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In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the SEND Advisory Services teams wanted to make you aware of their current service offers.

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Support from the Educational Psychology Service can be discussed with your named EP during planning meetings being held throughout the spring term. We are carrying out a range of virtual work including consultation, supervision, and training, as well as a limited amount of direct work in schools (subject to local guidance). Our directory of traded services is available on our website here. The EPS also continues to offer two additional points of contact:

  • Parent helpline offers support and advice for covid-19 related challenges faced by families – please see attached flyer.
  • School helpline offers support and advice for schools during lockdown – please see attached flyer.

 Families Helpline.pdf Schools Helpline Poster.pdf

Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy services (SPOT)


The SPOT Service is made up of four specialist teams: Sensory (Hearing and Vision support teams), Physical (PIMST – Physical Impairment and Medical Support) and Occupational Therapy. The teams are all at work throughout the lockdown. We have adapted our ways of working so that we can deliver as much as possible online, adopting a ‘virtual first’ approach.


We are conducting regular teaching sessions online and we are attending virtual meetings with children and young people, their families, other professionals and settings to discuss needs and offer solutions to problems.


Our Educational Audiologist has continued to work with local hospitals attending ENT/Audiology clinics.


The whole service is risk assessing the need to undertake face to face visits. Where the risk is assessed as high and relating to either a child or young persons’ postural management or moving and handling needs, visits are being undertaken by OTs using PPE and other risk management strategies. The other teams are not currently undertaking face to face visits unless the requirement is deemed to be critical. However, this position is under constant review taking into consideration current government guidelines. 


New referrals are being accepted and processed as usual.


Please continue to contact us should you need any help or advice, either through your Occupational Therapist/Advisory Teacher or the SPOT email box spotservice@somerset.gov.uk

 
Autism and Communication Service Delivery During Lockdown/COVID-19 

As a whole service and as much as we are able to, we are offering the same service as we would do under non-covid times.


Autism and Communication Advisory Team:


At this time (during lockdown), all physical visits are being completed via Teams, phone calls and emails. A physical visit may happen (in extreme cases and agreed after a Risk Assessment has been completed and by the Team Leader and the school / parents, carers).


On-going support for all schools continues, as required. New EHAs can be sent in and completed as normal. Existing EHA work is continuing. Observations are unable to take place, but a full picture from the school, parents/carer and young person is providing this. An observation will happen in the future and is outlined in each report. Meetings can take place via Teams, Phone calls and emails.


Training is all vis Teams at this time. New dates are being added to the training calendar that has had to be re-arranged.
 
CAOT:


At this time (during lockdown), all physical visits are being completed via Teams, phone calls and emails. A physical visit may happen (in extreme cases and agreed after a Risk Assessment has been completed and by the Team Leader).
Clubs are unable to happen at this time, we are looking forward to when these are bale to start up again.
Coffee mornings for parents are now via Teams and are led by geographical locations.
 
North Somerset Enhanced provision Team:


At this time (during lockdown), all physical visits are being completed via Teams, phone calls and emails. A physical visit may happen (in extreme cases and agreed after a Risk Assessment has been completed and by the Team Leader and the school / parents, carers).


On-going support for all schools continues, as required. New referrals can be sent in and completed as normal. Existing open cases work is continuing. Observations are unable to take place, but a full picture from the school, parents/carer and young person is providing this. An observation will happen in the future and is outlined in each report. Meetings can take place via Teams, Phone calls and emails.


Training is all vis Teams at this time. New dates are being added to the training calendar that has had to be re-arranged.

The Early Years SENCo team, like all Inclusion Support Services, have worked hard to adapt our working practices to fit with the overarching principle of “remote first” working, while striving to offer on-going support to EY settings, children and families in these challenging times.


We know from the many contacts we have had with EY settings and schools during lockdown periods that people are generally aware of the support we are still providing, but just wanted to highlight the help we can currently offer.
Although we are not able to offer “face to face” visits to settings, we can provide the same service in a virtual way through using Microsoft Teams. In this way, we can talk through any concerns with EY practitioners, parents and other practitioners and agree strategies to support children with SEND. We are also able to offer virtual observations of children which can provide useful information to support discussions.


In the same way, we will continue to review children regularly, but this will happen remotely as described above.
Following our “virtual visits”, settings, parents and other professionals will receive a written “note of contact” outlining the key points of our discussions and agreed outcomes with practical strategies suggested.  


In addition, we continue to offer virtual versions of preschool and school entry planning, family service planning meetings and Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings as appropriate.


We attend MAISEY meetings which are held remotely in all areas of the county with the same frequency and attendance from education, health and social care agencies.


Our core training, including “The Role of the Early Years SENCo”, Level 3 SENCo Award, EY SENCo workshops, Inclusive Communication and AET (Autism Education Trust) training, is all ongoing and details can be found on the SSE website:
 Early Years Area SENCOs. | Support Services for Education


Most importantly, the EY Area SENCo service are all contactable for any SEND related queries so please do get in touch with any concerns:


Jane Barnett – Service Manager Email: JBarnett@somerset.gov.uk

South Sedgemoor – Kiri Gibson Email: KZGibson@somerset.gov.uk

North Sedgemoor – Karen Marsh Email: KMarsh@somerset.gov.uk 

West Mendip – Polly Vidler Email: PVidler@somerset.gov.uk

East Mendip - Karen Foster Email: KZFoster@somerset.gov.uk

South Somerset West – Wendy Toy Email: WToy@somerset.gov.uk

South Somerset East – Mikaela Jauncey Email: MJauncey@somerset.gov.uk

Taunton – Sarah Stent Email: SStent@somerset.gov.uk

West Somerset, Wellington and Wiveliscombe – Jo McDonough Email: JMcDonough@somerset.gov.uk​


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Created at 04/02/2021 11:09 by Jemma.Gillard
Last modified at 04/02/2021 11:09 by Jemma.Gillard