In addition to the support provided by our Education Welfare Service, Inclusion Team, Virtual School, Early Help, Admissions, SEND and other teams to support attendance at school and improve access to full-time educational provision, we have in place an Access to Education Protocol.
Our Access to Education Protocol aims to:
All professionals should ensure that they have permission to make a referral either via their own information sharing agreements or via direct parental consent.
All referrers must have followed their own usual statutory processes, and have discussed the referral with their manager who must agree it meets threshold.
Additionally, it is important that any professional making a referral ensures that they understand what is already happening to support attendance, in particular current actions and involvements by the EWS and others, before making a referral. Other professionals who wish to refer in must first liaise with the school and the named Attendance Advisor/EWO for the school and consult with them to understand what support school has already put in place and what actions are already taking place.
The protocol is not designed to replace usual multi-agency working, normal supervision processes or statutory duties. It is for additional advice, direction and decision making.
Parents are unable to refer directly, and should contact their school EWO if there is an attendance issue that they need support with.
Referral by local authority and health professionals only
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