Referral routes to Community Paediatrics for children experiencing significant difficulties in Primary school
The Community Paediatricians in East Sussex have been working closely with ISEND to make the referral routes to Community Paediatrics easier to understand. There HAVE NOT been any changes, but families and schools have told us they are not clear about the best route to follow.
We need to make this clearer because we do not want any child to miss out on the support that is already available in their school without the need for diagnosis (starting on diagnostic pathway). It is also important that the children are going onto the right diagnostic pathway, as waiting times for Community Paediatric assessments have increased, If this doesn’t happen, the child’s progress and wellbeing may be affected.
Referral routes into Community Paediatrics
Where a child is experiencing significant difficulties in school, schools can refer directly to Community Paediatrics and families should not be told to go their GP.
Schools can access additional help from ISEND if needed to augment their own expertise. Many schools have considerable expertise already. A request for this specialist help will usually be made (or equivalent support be in place) before a school refers to Community Paediatrics.
The school referral form to Community Paediatrics has been updated to help strengthen this process.
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes children show minimal signs of possible developmental difficulties in school but are struggling at home. Then the referral to Community Paediatrics should come from the GP.
Where the referral comes from a GP, the Community Paediatricians ask school SENCOs and teachers to support the process by providing clear information about the child in school.
A Focus Group, for parents and carers to talk to Community Paediatricians and ISEND about how well this process is working, will take place in the autumn, so look out for dates and venues on ESPaCC website and social media.
The Community Paediatricians in East Sussex - May 2019.
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