A Council-run service providing SEND support across all areas of need.
Supports children and young people: 0-25 years.
Referral reason: Concerns that a child/young person has additional educational needs that are not being met.
The Sheffield Educational Psychology Service work with all schools in Sheffield. They work with children in the Early Years and young people up to the age of 25.
The service also gets involved in other work in schools/ settings – e.g. training, staffing issues, coaching, absenteeism, behaviour policy, working with parents.
People involved: Educational psychologists (EPs) and Assistant Educational psychologists
Offer: Advice, assessment and support is given where appropriate.
Educational Psychologists (EPs) have a statutory role in every Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment. They work in a variety of ways to offer early intervention for children and young people. This includes assessment, consultation, training and support for staff and parents. All EPs have a degree in psychology, further postgraduate training, and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Some examples of the work EPs offer includes:
- Training and supervision for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs)
- Support for children and young people experiencing Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)
- Training and support in Precision Teaching to support children struggling to develop basic skills
- Support in understanding and assessing the functions of challenging behaviours and planning to meet the underlying needs