Specialist Support Services

This section shows you other help available in addition to that offered by schools.

 

Southwark’s Family Early Help provides practical advice and support to children, young people and their families. Click here for more information about this service

 

Southwark’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) works closely with families, schools, post-16 provision and early years settings to explore issues and resolve problems that can affect learning and well-being. The EPS also provides additional support to schools in the event of a potentially traumatic event – for more information click here

 

The Council have a range of specialist teaching services:

 

  • The Visual Impairment Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with a visual impairment. For more information please see here.

 

  • The Hearing Impairment Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with an hearing impairment. For more information please see here.

 

  • The Autism Support Team offer specialist support and advice for Children and Young People with Autism.  For more information please see here.

 

 

Advice for teachers and school:

 

  • The Inclusion and Monitoring Team - Advice, support and training for settings on all aspects of Special Educational Needs (SEN) including for children who do not require EHC assessments or plans but have SEN. Advice around specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and dyslexia can be accessed through the team.

 

  • Summerhouse - Advice and guidance to parents and mainstream schools experiencing difficulties in managing challenging behaviours from young people aged 5-11.   Visit their site for more information.

 

  • CENMAC (Centre for micro-assisted communication) - Funded by the Council to provide expert advice around assistive technology. Schools can refer to the Local Authority to access this service which is for children and young people who have significant difficulties communicating and who are likely to have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care plan).  Please see CENMAC Southwark's Guidance (17KB - DOCX)  or visit their site to see what services are provided.


If you think your child may need this service you should speak with the SENCO at school.  Referral forms (both need to be completed) can be downloaded below:

Southwark Referral Form CENMAC (30KB - DOCX)

CENMAC Referral Form (44KB - DOCX)

 

 

 

  • Specialist Equipment - Equipment needed to access the curriculum can be provided by the Council. Examples of this would be: frames, hearing loops and special keyboards