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6. Staffordshire County Council Specialist Services

Each of the services in-house or commissioned are likely to have eligibility criteria and so we would ask you to check directly with these services to find out what the criteria is.

Aids and adaptations

You may be living or moving into a property which needs to be altered to provide you with the facilities you need to live independently. For example, you might need to have a level access shower installed in the bathroom or a stairlift fitted to help you get up and down the stairs.

If your home does need to be adapted you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant from your local district or borough council towards the cost of providing the adaptations and facilities. In order to qualify for a grant the proposed works must be necessary and appropriate to meet your needs, based on an assessment by an Occupational Therapist.

The amount of grant payable depends upon the cost of the work and the average weekly income of the person with the disability. Income is not taken into account for children with a disability who are under 19.

Adaptations for a child (under 19 years old)

You can arrange for an assessment by contacting Children and Families Services:

Phone: 0800 13 13 126 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm)
Email: firstr@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Adaptations for an adult (aged 19 and over)

Contact Staffordshire Cares on:

Phone: 0300 111 8010
Text/SMS (for people with a hearing impairment): 07814 194 111

For further information, please see our technology and equipment pages.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology can give people more independence by providing equipment to help and support people to live in their own home. There is a large range of equipment available to help you, your family or carer within the home environment, including community alarm systems so that you can get help quickly should you need it. Other equipment automatically detects hazards such as fire, floods, falls and carbon monoxide escapes as well as small devices to help you with tasks such as pouring a kettle or preparing food.

Equipment can be provided if a member of the Independent Futures team has assessed you as eligible for help.

For more information contact us on:

Phone: 0300 111 8000
Email: independent.futures@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can purchase equipment privately. If you want to find out more about what is available the AskSARA site has plenty of useful information.

Bilbrook 'AT' House

This is a service which allows people of all ages in Staffordshire to try out new equipment and technology, in a 'real life' home setting, which could help them stay safe and independent at home.

Billbrook House has been designed to increase awareness of the types of technology available, and also has assessment facilities at the same location. This gives people the opportunity to get a real 'hands on' user experience.

The shop is at:

Bilbrook House
10 Carter Avenue
Bilbrook
WV8 1HH

It is open on Fridays between 9am and 1pm.

Support for children and young people with a visual impairment

The visual impairment team supports children and young people with a visual impairment at home, in early years setting, mainstream and special schools. this support continues throughout school and into further education.

Qualified and experienced specialist teachers of the visually impaired, mobility officers and communication support workers (specialist teaching assistants) work in partnership with parents, teachers and other professionals to provide support to each individual.

Support for children and young people with a hearing impairment

The hearing impairment team provides educational support for children and young people with hearing impairment from diagnosis. The team works directly with children and young people, offering advice and support to schools and families.

Our aim is to ensure that pupils with a hearing impairment are given every opportunity to benefit from a mainstream educational experience at their local nursery, primary/secondary school, and collage. We are client driven and therefore, only visit establishments where there are deaf children and young people.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has information for local authorities on specialist education services for deaf children and young people.

Autism and sensory support in Staffordshire (ASSIST)

ASSIST offers a wide range of support to young people and their families as well as other professionals.

Autism outreach team

The autism outreach team (AOT) is available across Staffordshire to support pupils, parents/carers and schools.

The team works with pupils in mainstream schools, nurseries and pre-schools who have a confirmed diagnosis or medical working diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For more information please see the leaflet below:

Educational psychology service

Educational psychologists work with children, young people, parents, carers, school staff and other professionals to help improve things in schools and other learning settings.

Further information is available on the Schools Learning Net website. 

Entrust Education Support Service

Entrust provides education support services to schools, trusts and local authorities across the UK.

Minority Ethnic Achievement Service (MEAS)

The service aims to help schools by:

  • Supporting the inclusion of minority ethnic pupils
     
  • Promoting diversity
     
  • Preventing discriminatory incidents
     
  • Supporting new arrivals with English as an additional language (EAL) to make progress
     
  • Monitoring the attainment of your new arrivals with EAL
     
  • Safeguarding your new arrivals with EAL
     
  • Implementing best practice for newly arrived EAL learners

Staffordshire maintained schools and settings

Support for new arrivals with EAL

Our new arrivals support package for maintained schools and settings who are not in receipt of EMA grant funding allows you access to the specialist support you may require for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL).

If you are not sure if this applies, please get in touch with us on meas@entrust-ed.co.uk and we will discuss your status with you.

This package is currently free of charge to local authority schools. It is funded by grants, including money from the Schools Forum.

The support package includes:

  • An advisory visit from one of our consultants who will undertake an initial assessment of the pupil.
     
  • A written report on the pupil containing advice and guidance for staff.
     
  • A small grant to use towards buying support for the New Arrival (eg additional resources, TA support).

The following support may also be provided but cannot be guaranteed:

  • Support from a Linguistic and Cultural Mediator at the advisory visit.
     
  • Attendance/support for an admissions meeting by a Linguistic and Cultural Mediator as required - a half-day session.
     
  • Up to 3 further half-day support sessions from a Linguistic and Cultural Mediator for use at meetings with parents/support in school/dealing with emergencies.

You can also purchase additional support if required including interpreting at meetings or translation of letters, documents or reports for your EAL families.

Support for EAL pupils causing concern (including EMA grant funded schools)

If you have an EAL pupil who is causing concern, we can support you by offering you:

  • An advisory visit from one of our consultants who will undertake an initial assessment of the pupil.
     
  • A written report on the pupil containing advice and guidance for staff.

This package is currently free of charge to all LA schools. It is funded by grants, including money from the Schools Forum.

Where appropriate, the advisor will be supported by an Linguistic and Cultural Mediator for carrying out first language assessments of newly arrived pupils or any EAL pupil causing concerns.

For further details of our new arrivals or pupils causing concern packages, please contact us on meas@entrust-ed.co.uk

Academies

Support for new arrivals with EAL

Our support package allows you to access to the specialist support you may require for pupils with English as an additional language.

The support package includes:

  • An advisory visit from one of our consultants who will undertake an initial assessment of the pupil.
     
  • A written report on the pupil containing advice and guidance for staff.

Support for EAL pupils causing concern

If you have an EAL pupil who is causing concern, we can support you by offering you:

  • An advisory visit from one of our consultants who will undertake an initial assessment of the pupil.
     
  • A written report on the pupil containing advice and guidance for staff.

For further details of our new arrivals or pupils causing concern packages for academies, please contact us on meas@entrust-ed.co.uk

Do you want to develop and extend cultural understanding in school?

Our team of linguistic and cultural mediators can assist you with bespoke packages or exhibitions to underpin cultural and linguistic diversity.

Please get in touch for more details on meas@entrust-ed.co.uk 

Families First

The Families First Service ensures that the needs of children, young people and families across Staffordshire are identified early, the right help is put in place and problems are stopped from getting worse.

For more information please see our pages on the Staffordshire County Council website.

Local support teams

These are available to work with children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families.

Contact details for the local support teams are also available on the Staffordshire County Council website.

Independent Futures

The Independent Futures Service helps disabled people of all ages achieve an independent, active and enjoyable life for as long as possible.

The Mental Capacity Act

The Act introduces a new form of lasting power of attorney which allows people over the age of 18 to formally appoint one or more people to look after their health, welfare and finances or property if at some time in the future they lack capacity to make those decisions.

Help with tenancy agreements

For a person who wants to be a tenant and enter into a tenancy agreement, he or she must have the capacity to understand the contract.

The essential requirement for understanding is the occupation of your own accommodation, the payment of rent and looking after the home.

The Mental Capacity Act states that a person should be considered capable unless proved otherwise.

In order to make a decision about whether a person has capacity to understand, sign and terminate tenancy agreements a capacity assessment will need to be undertaken by the Independent Futures Team.

Further information is available on the Gov.UK website.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)

These are a statutory safeguard for people who lack capacity to make some important decisions. This includes decisions about where the person lives and serious medical treatment when the person does not have family or friends who can represent them.

Further information about IMCA is available from Asist.

Supporting the Needs of Children and Young People with Physical Need or Disability

With effect from 1st September arrangements to support the needs of Children and Young People with Physical Need or Disability have changed.

Signposting for advice about meeting the educational needs of children and young people with Physical Disabilities can be provided by your Entrust SENIS Learning Support Consultant or Early Years Area SENCO for children in PVIs. 

Further advice can be requested directly from the PD special schools. 

Referrals to physiotherapy and occupational therapy services can be made through GP services.  Some children with physical needs / disabilities may also require support from Speech and Language Therapy services.

Contact details:

Entrust

Early Years Area SENCO Team

The Early Years Area SENCOs support Early Years Private, Voluntary and Independent Settings with all aspects of SEN and Inclusion.  Requesting support - Setting SENCO to complete Request for Support form and email to: senis@entrust-ed.co.uk

Learning Support Team 

This team comprises of highly skilled specialist qualified teachers with substantial experience in all aspects of SEN and Inclusion. Staff will give direct advice and support to schools to manage pupils with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities from pre-school to post 16.    Requesting support - All schools are assigned a named Learning Support Consultant and receives a core allocation. Referrals are made directly to your named Consultant. 

High Level Needs

Entrust monitors a small number of children and young people who do not have an Education, Health, Care Plan, but who have been identified as having high level needs. Settings attended by these young people will have a named contact for advice/signposting.

The named contact for Early Years Settings is Diane Mcvey mail to: diane.mcvey@entrust-ed.co.uk

And for schools and post 16 settings it is Graham Tague

mail to: graham.tague@entrust-ed.co.uk

PDF Document PDSS Guidance Nov 17 (1,359KB)

Word Document Care Plan for Pupils with Health Needs (64KB)

Word Document Disability Access Funding (DAF) Application Form 2017/18 (61KB)

Word Document Higher Level Needs Referral Form (61KB)

Word Document HSF 19 General Risk Assessment (41KB)

Word Document HSF 24 Manual Handling Risk Assessment (47KB)

Word Document HSF 24 People Handling Plan (136KB)

Word Document Travel Assistant Request (162KB)

PDF Document ASD Resource Bases in Staffordshire (387KB)

Handwriting

The attached document provides advice and guidance for schools about handwriting activities and strategies to try when it has been identified that a child, in your class, is experiencing some difficulties developing handwriting skills.

PDF Document Handwriting Booklet Aug 17 (809KB)

School Improvement team

The School Improvement team works with schools and settings to secure the very best outcomes for children and young people in Staffordshire. 

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Services (SENIS)

SENIS is commissioned via Entrust. There are the following teams:

  • Special educational needs support services (SENSS)
     
  • Inclusion officers
     
  • Primary behaviour support
     
  • Secondary behaviour consultants
     
  • Elective home education(EHE). Further guidance is also available on the Staffordshire Learning Net.
     
  • Early years special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)
     
  • Minority ethnic achievements service (MEAS)

Call 0300 111 8030 or email enquiries@entrust-ed.co.uk to find out more about the services.

Short breaks for children and young people with disabilities

Short breaks provide fun activities outside of the school day where disabled children and young people can try new things and develop confidence independently from their families or as part of a family experience.

Short breaks may also enable parents and carers to have a break from caring. They may allow them to have a rest, catch up on day to day activities, spend time with other family members or take up other interests.

For more information please see the Aiming High pages on the Staffordshire County Council website.

Specialist Support Service (SSS)

This is an education service resource which serves the whole of Staffordshire.

It aims to help children and young people with sensory impairments and/or autism spectrum disorder. It makes sure they will get every opportunity to enjoy an inclusive educational experience. 

Further information can be found on the Staffordshire Learning Net.

Youth Offending Service

Staffordshire youth offending service works with young people, aged 10 to 17, who have offended or are at risk of offending. The service's teams work together to prevent re-offending and promote positive outcomes for young people in Staffordshire. Our teams deliver interventions to young people who have offended.

The Prevention Team engages with young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

The service incorporates representatives from a wide range of agencies, including:

  • Police officers
  • Probation staff
  • Education, training and employment officers
  • Health workers

We can respond to the needs of young offenders in a holistic way.

We identify the needs of each young offender with a nationally used assessment. It identifies the specific problems that contribute to the young person offending as well as measuring the risk they pose to others. It enables us to identify suitable programmes to address the needs of the young person to prevent further offending.

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