As we start this latest lockdown, the Early Help SEND and Inclusion service continues to support families in Rutland, albeit sometimes in different ways. Some home visits will still take place, where these can be done safely and both parties are comfortable with these continuing. In line with the latest restrictions Jules House remains closed, and Visions Children’s Centre is open for specific one to one work with families. However be assured our teams are in regular contact with children, young people and families and are available for advice and support by phone. Visions, Jules House and Aiming High have a digital offer in place with various groups and sessions for children young people and parents/carers running on Zoom every week. Most of Rutland County Council staff continue to have to work from home but we have systems in place to enable us to continue business as usual.
Case Officers will be supporting children and young people with special educational needs to continue to access their education provision and liaising with schools, colleges and alternative settings to ensure that they use their best endeavours to maintain the provision in accordance with a child’s EHC Plan. We have yet to see if the Government introduce a modification to the SEND Regulations, as they did before. For children and young people that are still going through the assessment process for education, health and care needs, we will work to meet your child’s needs and to meet our statutory timescales if we can. However, we anticipate that some assessments will be delayed as we may not be able to complete all the health or education assessments during lockdown.
The Educational Psychology Service continues to be available to all schools and children, young people and families during this challenging period of time. During the first phase of the lockdown period in the weeks preceding 26th January, we will be conducting restricted in person visits, undertaking these only where they are deemed urgent or necessary in the context of the current crisis and risk. All service work will continue where circumstances allow but, this may require elements to be virtual or adapted to meet safety protocols or the needs of individual families at this time.
Service protocols will be reviewed on the 26th January after which time we hope this to increase; current service protocols can be found below. The psychology team continues to be available and contactable to families and should you have any concerns or queries please do contact your practitioner or the Dr Emma Rowley, Principal Educational Psychologist firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Reviews should continue to happen as scheduled using our video conference facility (Teams or Zoom).
Our Early Help SEND and Inclusion team will keep you informed of progress, please do contact the team if you have any concerns.
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