About the service
The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) delivers statutory and traded psychological services for children and young people aged 0 to 25, within a range of educational and community settings such as pre-schools, schools, colleges, children's homes and children’s centres.
We provide support to ensure the psychological and learning needs of children and young people are met.
We can work with settings and parents to promote positive emotional health and wellbeing, provide effective support for challenging pupils and help children and young people reach their academic and developmental potential.
- to promote policies and practices which support the inclusion of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs in educational settings and communities
- to build the capacity of families and educational settings to meet the needs of vulnerable children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs
- to support families and educational settings to raise the standard of achievement of vulnerable pupils and promote their emotional health and well being
Why use the Educational Psychology Service?
- Educational Psychologists develop excellent relationships with pupils and their parents, working together to achieve better outcomes for children and young people
- feedback from settings and parents shows that our warm approachable and skilled staff add value to the progress of children and young people when we are involved
- our teams are particularly proactive and successful in working with hard to reach families
- our traded work is child centred and ethical and is based on a sound understanding of settings’ needs, achieved by listening carefully to clients’ concerns
- educational Psychologists have an in-depth understanding of the current educational context and how it impacts on vulnerable learners. This includes expert knowledge of the Special Educational Needs and disability Code of Practice (2014) as well as local systems and processes within Worcestershire
- educational Psychologists complement and collaborate with others who may be working with your setting including Local Authority and Health professionals, as well as other Babcock staff and independent practitioners
- educational Psychologists have postgraduate qualifications at either Masters or Doctoral level and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Our statutory service
Our statutory Educational Psychology service is commissioned by Worcestershire County Council. Our main statutory role is to provide psychological advice to the Local Authority when an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment (Integrated Assessment) is agreed for a child or young person. This assessment can take place when a child has a statement of special educational needs which is being transferred to an Education Health and Care Plan, or when the Local Authority is considering whether a new Education Health and Care Plan should be issued to a child. We are also sometimes involved where transfer from mainstream to special provision is being considered for a child with a statement or Education Health and Care Plan.
Our traded service
Our traded Educational Psychology service can be purchased by schools & settings and may include work with children and young people, support to staff and/or parents, strategic whole-school work and delivery of bespoke training and continuing professional development activities. Traded support can be purchased through a Service Level Agreement (SLA) or time based consultancy on an ad-hoc basis.