Educational Psychology Service

Service Information:

A team of 35 Educational Psychologists (accredited to the HCPC) providing a consultation-based service to schools and other providers. The focus of our input depends on need, but frequently includes the following:

  • Consultations
  • Individual casework
  • Broad range of assessments with children and young people
  • Training
  • Support for senior leadership teams to design and implement effective SEMH systems
  • Person-centred planning
  • Individual and/or group supervision for staff
  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) Training
  • Advice on (and delivery of) therapeutic approaches aimed at addressing the needs of children and young people
  • Solution focused work
  • Research and evaluation

In addition to the above, the EPS offers an Early Years’ service which:

  • Monitors young children with SEND through MAISEY (Multiagency Intervention and Support in the Early Years)
  • Provides school entry planning for MAISEY children
  • Provides a home visiting service through Portage

The service also offers a range of specialist services including:

  • A team working with The Virtual School and Children’s Social Care to raise the achievements of Children in Care
  • A team providing support to CYP in the Partnership Schools and also to the Panel for Excluded and Vulnerable Children and Young Peoples’ Panel
  • EPs supporting colleges and further education providers

Service Criteria to include in the EHA:

Information regarding the Educational Psychology service, including criteria to access the service, can be found on the Support Services for Education website.

The below information is required in addition to the information already requested in the EHA.

Section 4:

We only require details of the child being referred but you may complete the whole section to provide a wider context

Section 5:

  • We only require the names, address and contact details of parents / carers

Section 6:

  • We only need to know professionals who are directly involved with the child you are referring. You may complete the whole section to provide a wider context

Section 9:

Use the drop-down menu to select “Educational Psychology Service”

Contact Details:

Email address: InclusionSENRequests@somerset.gov.uk

As from the 1st April 2020, the email address’s quoted within the drop-down menus of the “Early Help Assessment (EHA)Request Form” used for requests into the Inclusion SEND Advisory Services has changed. The new email address will be: InclusionSENRequests@somerset.gov.uk.

This means that the EHA will be received initially by Somerset Direct, who will check that the EHA is completed correctly and is accompanied by any Service specific Check Lists/Additional Information Forms/SEN Support Plans.  Somerset Direct will return the EHA to the “Referrer” if the EHA  is missing mandatory information or if not accompanied by any Service specific additional documentation.  If the EHA is completed correctly and is accompanied with all relevant additional information, Somerset Direct will forward to the relevant Inclusion SEND Service for their consideration.

Both the EHA document (accessed via the professional Choices Website) and the Website itself has been up-dated.  Please continue to access the EHA document via the website to ensure you are always using the up-to-date version.