Update for re-opening of Neurodevelopment Assessment Pathway

Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway: Planned re-opening

We would like to thank you for your patience during the last three months whilst the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway has been paused to new requests for assessment.

From Monday 25 April, the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway has re-opened in a phased approach. Re-opening in a phased approach will help our teams manage the significantly high demand for neurodevelopmental assessment requests.

In setting out the plan for a phased re-opening, consideration has been given to those children and young people who have a significant transition coming up.

The timetable for the phased re-opening will be:

25 April 2022

Requests can be made for Dates of birth
Early Years children 1 September 2016 and later
Key Stage 4 and above 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2007

1 June 2022

Children/young people in the age categories above with the following groups:

Requests can be made for Dates of birth
Children in Year 6 and Year 7 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2011

1 July 2022 

Children/young people in the age categories above with the following groups:

Requests can be made for Dates of birth
Children in Key Stage 1 and remainder of Key Stage 2 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2016
Remainder of children in Key Stage 3 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2009

1 August 2022 onwards

Requests can be made for
Any child or young person

Please note that where a child or young person is outside of the required age range during the phased re-opening, referrals cannot be submitted. The online referral form will provide a reminder to the referrer of the temporary limits on age and date of birth.  

For children/young people for whom the Assessment Pathway is not yet open – please continue to seek support as previously outlined in the guidance on the website for parents/carers and professionals. You can find this information by clicking on the links below.

Website update

On Monday 25 April 2022 the updated neurodevelopmental webpages will go live. They reflect the changes that have been made. Please read the information below on these changes and where you will find key pieces of information.

Requesting a Neurodevelopmental Assessment: Criteria and Guidance

Information and guidance on Neurodevelopmental Assessment requests will be available in the section 'Salford’s Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway'. This will explain the criteria and the process followed when a request for assessment has been accepted.   

The criteria for the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway has been updated. This is to ensure requests are made at the right time and that referrals include all the required information. Requests for assessment have been aligned with the SEND Code of Practice and Graduated Response. Prior to any assessment request being made, a clear picture of the child should be gathered, both at home and in setting. Initial support should also have been put in place following at least one plan, do and review cycle.

There is some additional criteria in place, including who can make referrals. Please ensure you have looked at the criteria before you begin. Referrals should be made with both parent/carer and the key professional present to ensure the form is completed with all the required information.

Neurodevelopmental Assessment: Online referral form

The online referral form will ask the referrer for key pieces of information. The referral form aims to gather a clear understanding of the child/young person, their areas of strengths and needs and the support they are accessing. Referrers should consider the specific reasons for making a request, what they have implemented prior to a referral being made and what steps they will continue to take to support the child/young person during the assessment process.

Referrers will need to complete all sections of the online form. Fields are mandatory and the form will not be able to be submitted without key pieces of information.  

The referral form cannot be saved and returned to. It must be completed in one go. Referrers will need all of the information ready before they submit a form. We would recommend that:

  • Referrals are completed with parents, carers and the professional together so that all questions can be answered.
  • You have looked at the referral form questions in advance so you have a clear idea of what will be asked and can ensure you have this information available.

The online referral form can be found in the ‘How to get help section’ on our website. Please ensure you have provided initial support before a request is made in line with the criteria.

Neurodevelopmental Support Offer

Salford’s Neurodevelopmental Support Offer is available on our website. This provides current resources, advice and support as well as courses to attend. Over the coming weeks we will be adding to this support offer so please ensure you check the website regularly for updates, courses and resources to use in supporting children, young people and their families.

Accessing Specialist Services

Services across Health and Salford City Council continue to be accessible where a child/young person has a need in a particular area. Please continue to follow the services individual criteria and referral processes where you need to access the service.

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How to contact us

Email: AdminNeuroDevelopment@salford.gov.uk

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