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Outside Agencies

Involvement of outside agencies


A range of professionals may be involved in the process of identifying and supporting the child at various levels and stages, depending on the needs.

It is important to note that any of these professionals may be involved at a universal, targeted and/or specialist level.

Collaborative and integrated working between services is essential to ensure effective early support, identification and intervention.

 More information about specialist services in Worcestershire...


Referral to one or more specialist services will need to be considered at any age if a child shows one or more of the following signs:

  • A lack of progress or response to approaches used by those working at ‘universal’ and ‘early intervention/preventative’ levels.
  • Communication skills somewhat behind other levels of the child's development.
  • A specific problem in a particular area of communication which hinders learning or access to the curriculum.
  • A disordered pattern of communication development (e.g. the child is not following the usual developmental pattern).
  • Behaviour difficulties which are having an adverse impact on the child’s ability to communicate.


The role of outside agencies is to work collaboratively with staff, parents, other agencies and the children themselves in order to gather as much information as possible about the child’s needs. This will enable a better understanding of the factors that may be helping or hindering progress and to identify positive ways forward.

Outside agency support should serve primarily to strengthen the setting's or school's own developing provision and build capacity for children at EY Action/School Action.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

Further Information

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Within the SLCN Pathway :

  • The use of child/children refers to children and young people
  • The use of setting includes childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools, schools.
  • The use of parents refers to parents and carers.

More Information

See also in our website

External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
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