These are the services you can refer to through the EHA process
Below is a list of all the services you should refer through the EHA process. It is important that you read the guidance below for the particular service area you are referring to. The guidance supplied provides advice on what service specific guidance is required, within each relevant section of the EHA form. It is particularly important to take note and action the service specific guidance to avoid delays in being able to access the service.
Autism and Communication service
The Autism and Communication Service provides support for children and young people with autism and communication difficulties, their parents/carers, and schools, academies and free schools.
The Child and adolescent mental health service is a specialist service for children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties, including Eating disorders.
Children’s Social Care Level 4
Children’s Social Care aims to work with parents, carers and young people in a partnership based on respect, equality and fairness, and to offer advice and support before a situation reaches crisis point. We also work in partnership with, and may refer to, other services and community groups, including education, health, housing, benefits agencies and the police.
Early Support Team (Children with Disabilities Level 3)
The Children with Disabilities (CWD) Family Intervention Workers will undertake visits to the family and utilizing information contained in the Early Help Assessment will complete a CWD Early Support Record and CWD Early Support Plan to provide the support and services which have been identified as being required to meet outcomes.
Early Years SENCOs
The role of the Early Years Area SENCo is to assist Early Years settings by providing advice and support for children with additional/special educational needs as part of the graduated approach. We work closely with staff and parents, finding ways to best help the children make the most of the learning opportunities available to them.
Educational Psychology Service
A team of 35 Educational Psychologists (accredited to the HCPC) providing a consultation-based service to schools and other providers.
Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)
We are a team of Specialist teachers, EAL Support advisors and Support Workers who work closely with schools, children, young people, families and communities to promote inclusive approaches to learning with the aim of raising aspirations and attainment for these minority groups.
getset Complex Level 3 Service for 0-19’s (up to 25 with SEND)
The getset Service is part of Somerset County Council’s contribution to the Early Help landscape. getset’s mission is to give children, young people and their families the best possible start in life. We recognise that the right help at the right time in the right place can make a big difference in the longer term and aim to help families overcome small challenges before they become big ones.
Hearing Support Service
We provide advice, guidance and bespoke training re management of hearing loss and supporting the development of communication and language development to staff in all settings. We provide information and support to parents about hearing aid management and the effects of hearing loss on language development and access to learning.
Homestart West Somerset
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with children under seven. We support pre-natal mums with our Bump start project, and we have a school readiness support project called Big Hopes Big Future.
Integrated Therapy Service
The Integrated Therapy Service for Children and Young People consists of children’s Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists who are supported in their work by Therapy Support Practitioners and administrators.
The role of MAISEY meetings is to make sure that all the different agencies are brought together to look at a child’s needs and to ensure that the services are considered together.
Pathways to Independence (P2i)
P2i is an outcome-based homelessness prevention service which aims to provide a service for all vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 inclusive who have a relevant need without discrimination.
Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team
We visit children and young people in their homes, pre-school settings, schools and colleges in and beyond Somerset. We provide information to children and young people, parents, carers and staff about the effects of physical impairments and/or medical needs, and strategies to support access to learning and independence.
Portage and PERSCEY
The Portage Service is a teaching service for pre-school children with additional needs, helping children and their families to learn together and play together. It aims to help families to feel included in their local community. It involves an intervention of up to a year, involving weekly sessions at home, and it is aimed at children with the most complex needs.
Prevent is one part of the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) and aims to stop people from being exposed to extreme ideologies, or becoming involved in or supporting terrorist activity. It is an approach that involves many agencies and communities, to safeguard people who may be at risk of radicalisation.
Short Breaks Team (Children with Disabilities)
A short break can last from a few hours to a full day: weekend and school holiday daytime activities. They provide an opportunity for disabled children to spend time away from their primary carers but can also provide families a chance to do ordinary things together. They enable disabled children to try out new things, have fun and make new friends.
Somerset Vision Support Team
The staff visit children and young people in their homes, pre-school settings, schools and colleges. The team offers direct support, teaching, training and advice, in order to be sure the requirements of the child or young person are in place in all settings and at transition.
Team Around the School (TAS)
TAS is a local network consisting of schools and other support services that meet on a regular basis to have a shared conversation about children and young people that they may be worried about and that early help and intervention may stop concerns escalating.
Team 8 Adolescent Service
Team 8 Adolescent Service offers support to children and young people aged 10 to 18 years at level 3 and level 4 under the Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset guidance.
Virtual School and Learning Support Team
Virtual School and Learning Support Team supports schools in the identification of pupils with learning difficulties through individual assessment and advice. Barriers to learning are identified through individual pupil focussed work which involves a combination of discussion, observation, assessment and advice.
Young Carers Project
Somerset Young Carers Service provides support, activities and respite groups for children and young people up to 18 with regular caring responsibilities. The service works alongside the youth partnership, community groups, professionals and agencies in supporting Young Carers and their families access appropriate services to meet their needs. Our focus is child centered whilst maintaining a whole family approach.