Criteria and timeline for accessing Down Syndrome support

Timeline and criteria for accessing support.

Criteria and Timelines are under review as part of the SEND Transformation Programme. They are also impacted by the current significant financial constraints and pressures facing education.

Criteria for Accessing Support from the Service

A child or young person can access the SEN Inclusion Service for Down Syndrome without a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Resources are available to schools who are supporting children and young people with Down syndrome and associated SEN. There are no criteria necessary for accessing these.

Training is available for school staff. This includes online training, which school staff may access via the Children and Young People's Service Training Programme. There are no criteria necessary to access this. Face-to-face training may be requested by liaising with your SENIS DS Advisory Teacher and school SENCo.

Advice and Guidance is available to teachers, classroom assistants and other relevant professionals as well as parents or carers of children and young people with Down syndrome. There are no criteria necessary to access this.

Pupil Support may be available, where appropriate, to children and young people with Down syndrome and associated SEN.

To access pupil support, a SENIS DS Referral Form should be submitted by an EA Educational Psychologist as well as the school’s action as detailed in the PLP under Stage 1 including the outcomes of regular reviews.

Where a child or young person has a Statement of SEN and access to advice and support from SENIS DS is indicated in Part 3 (Special Educational Provision), a referral will be made.

Timeline for Accessing Support from the Service

An Educational Psychologist makes a referral to the SEN Inclusion Service for Down Syndrome via email.

Once a referral is received and if criteria are met, the parent or carer will be contacted within 4 weeks and SENIS DS will assign an Advisory Teacher to the child or young person.

We aim to begin support within 4 weeks. The most appropriate package of support will be developed to support the child’s current needs. This will be done in collaboration with the child, their parents and the school.

The pupil may need more support from our Service during key milestones and less support at other times. Support is always provided on a needs-led basis.

1 Referral received

4 weeks

2 Initial contact with parent or carer

4 weeks 

3 Support provided if required

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Contact the Down Syndrome Service

The Down Syndrome Service can be contacted for advice and information specific to children and young people who have, or may have, Down syndrome.