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What to Do if Your Child has a Special Educational Need

When an additional need is identified for a child or young person, whether social, emotional, developmental or educational, an Early Help Assessment form can be started to gather information.  The emphasis is on assessing all aspects of a child or young person's strengths, needs and circumstances, developing a plan to meet identified needs and reviewing progress systematically.

If, following the assess-plan-do-review process, the setting requires support from the Learning Improvement Service or the Inclusion Service, eg: Early Years Area SENCO, Specialist Advisory Teacher or Educational Psychologist to meet the needs of the child or young person then the following should be undertaken:

  • fully complete the EHA form
  • decide on one service to request
  • gain written parent/carer consent
  • send the assessment form to the local SEND office
  • register the assessment with the Early Help Team at early.help@cumbria.gov.uk

Please note that if you wish to refer to Health then you will need to access the relevant health referral documentation, which can be download here.

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