Assessments

Requesting an assessment

To discuss a request for assessment, please call SEND services on 01274 435750.

Requests for assessments need to be made jointly between a family and the school / childcare setting / other support services. Before requesting an assessment, we expect that families and services will have tried to provide support through early support and /or common assessment or community nursing support. When making a request, you need to include these plans. 

Deciding on assessments

When making a decision about whether or not an assessment is required we will look at the evidence presented and the SEND guidance. All new requests are considered by a social worker, an NHS nurse and special educational needs officer within 24 hours.

If your child does not need a specialist assessment then we will confirm this to you in writing and advise you of other sources of support.

If your assessment is agreed, it will be discussed at a weekly joint assessment panel. The panel will decide who will lead the assessment and this person will meet with the family to take forward the assessment.

Assessments for social care needs only

We will involve Adult and Community Services in assessments for single education, health and care plans for young people if required.

If you want to discuss only the social care needs of an adult aged over 18, please contact the Adult Services Access Point on 01274 435400.

Assessments for education, health and care plan for school leavers

If you wish to refer for an assessment for education, health and care plan for a young person leaving school aged 16-24 then please contact the SEND team on 01274 435750 and ask to speak to one of the specialist personal advisers.

Making a request for assessment as a professional or agency

If you are a professional/agency and you wish to make a request for assessment please complete this form. 

Making a request for assessment as a parent

If you are a parent and you wish to make a request for assessment, please speak with your paediatrician and/or your school special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) first. Ideally you can work together to make your request.

If you still wish to make your request you can do so by completing this form

Making a request for assessment as a young person

If you are a young person and you wish to make a request, please speak with your school, college and/or supportive person first. Ideally you can work together to make your request. 

If you still wish to make your request you can do so by completing this form.

Urgent response

If the following situations apply and you require an urgent response, please speak to the special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) team on 01274 435750.

  • if there is an unexpected breakdown in the usual carer support, for example, the parent or carer has an unplanned hospital admission and there is no extended family able to look after the child.
  • the child has an unexpected hospital admission.
  • there is a sudden change in a medical condition or family circumstance that directly impacts on the ability to attend educational provision.

Continuing healthcare – advice for professionals

For children and young people aged 0 to 18  who have an unmet health need, a referral for continuing healthcare can be made by completing the joint referral form on the SEND website.

You may contact the SEND team on 01274 435750 to discuss the case.

Supporting information e.g. nursing assessment, social care assessment will be required at time of referral. Please ensure the consent to share information is completed. The referral will then be jointly considered with social care and education professionals within 24 hours.

The assessment will be carried out following the guidance of the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Continuing Care 2016.

A young person aged 17 years or older will need to be referred into the adult continuing care team. You can contact the team on 01274 423003, a checklist and supporting assessments (nursing and social care) will be required.

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