Home visiting educational service

Salford portage service is a home visiting educational and support service.

It is available for families who reside in Salford and have a child with developmental delay aged from birth and up until they take up their three and four year old funding offer, usually the term after their third birthday.

The portage service aims to

  • Provide support, advice and guidance
  • Supports parents to acquire the skills necessary to promote their child's development
  • Celebrate the child's achievements
  • Develop strong partnerships with parents and other professionals
  • Signpost families to relevant services and support groups
  • Support the inclusion of children with additional needs into early years provision and school
  • Provide training and support to other early years practitioners

What do portage home visitors do?

Portage home visitors focus on the development of play, communication, relationships and learning. They visit children and their families at home, working in partnership with parents or carers to develop play based activities that support all areas of development. Portage home visitors will use information from parents, observations and appropriate assessment tools to identify goals for future learning. Portage home visitors work closely with other practitioners to ensure a holistic approach to meeting the child's needs. The portage home visitor can also take on the role of lead professional or non-designated key worker when appropriate.

The portage service provides a weekly stay and play session (first steps) for children with additional needs during term time.

Referral process

Referrals can be made by parents or carers by contacting the Starting Life Well Service by email or call 0161 778 0384. Practitioners can make a referral by Common Assessment Framework (CAF), with parent consent. On receipt of the referral, the early support team leader will arrange to visit the family to explain about the service and discuss the family's current needs and consider whether the referral is appropriate. Please note that the portage service has a waiting list. Where necessary the team leader will remain in contact with the family during this interim period.

There is useful information on the National Portage Association website, and you can read about parents experiences of the portage service in Salford by reading about Rachel's story.

For further information, please contact the Salford portage service by email. You can also useful information on our children and families page.

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