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Professionals and services your child may meet on their SEND journey

There are a number of professionals and services who may become involved with you and your family, either directly or indirectly. It can be difficult to know who they all are, what they do and how it may be possible to access their services.

We have provided links here to the relevant information on different websites, to help you understand who the professionals are. The websites tell you about the services and what support they offer either directly to the families or through educational settings like schools/nursery or college.

Professionals and services connected to Education

Worcestershire Children First Education Services deliver education support services to schools, Early Years settings and Post 16 establishments. The webpages have details of their specialist support teams and services (more detail below), as well as useful information, advice and guidance for schools which families may find useful. Website: WCF Education Services (opens in new window)

Autism and Complex Communication Needs Team - Specialist teachers who work with children and young people and provide support to schools Website: Autism and Complex Communication Needs (CCN) Team (opens in new window)

Educational Psychologist Service - Educational Psychologists help children or young people who are experiencing difficulties with their access to learning. These difficulties may include behavioural, social or emotional needs. Website: Educational psychologists (opens in a new window)

Early Years Inclusion Team – the team offer support to early years settings who have a child who is known to Worcestershire’s Pre-School Forum. Early Years Inclusion Service (opens in new window)

Hearing Impairment Team - the team provides advice and support throughout the county regarding the educational needs of hearing-impaired children. Website: Hearing Impairment Team (opens in a new window)

Learning Support Service – they work with schools and settings to help them better meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Website: Learning Support Service (opens in a new window)

Medical Education Team – the team works with schools to ensure that pupils who are unable to attend school because of their medical needs have appropriate and ongoing access to education. Website: Medical Education team (opens in new window)

Multi-Sensory Impairment team – they support deafblind and multi-sensory impaired babies, children and young people (0 to19 years), their families and carers. Website: Multi-Sensory Impairment Team (opens in a new window)

Visual Impairment Team – the team supports babies, children and young people with a vision impairment, their families and carers. Website: Vision Impairment Team (opens in a new window)

Pre-school Forums – the forum is a meeting of key professionals and services who discuss the needs of referred children under five with special educational needs. Website: SEND Local Offer Pre-school Forums

Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) - A SENCo is the teacher or person who is responsible for assessing, planning and monitoring the progress of children with special educational needs in their educational setting. Speak to your school/nursery or college to find out who your SENCo is.

Health professionals and services

There are a number of Health services and professionals who may be involved with your child. You can find out more on the SEND Health and wellbeing pages of the SEND Local Offer here: Website: SEND Local Offer health services for children with SEND