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Help from support services

Services to help children and young people 0-25 with their learning, health and social care needs.

Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service works with children, parents and teachers to promote children’s learning and development.

Integrated Children's Services

Integrated Children’s Services offer early help, information and specialist services to children and families with additional and complex needs.

Special Educational Needs Casework Team

The Special Educational Needs Casework Team manages the statutory assessment work relating to children with statements.

SEN Support Services (SENSS)

SEN Support Services (SENSS) support children with the following needs: 

SEN web pages

Our special educational needs pages have information on the full range of support on offer to families of children with SEN and disability in Oxfordshire.

The SENDCO Helpdesk

The team of Specialist SENDCos and Specialist Early Years advisors are on hand to provide working SENDCos with strategies, signposting, early intervention guidance and universal support for primary age/stage and early years children. The team can support with concerns at an individual or whole school/setting level, either by email, phone or TEAMS Meeting.

Early Years Special Educational Needs Team

The Early Years Special Educational Needs (SEN) team support and advise private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector early education providers on inclusive practice. We also advise providers in relation to individual children with SEN. For some children with specific disabilities including visual or hearing impairment or physical disability support may be given by one of the other teams within SEN Support Services.

We work to the principles of Early Support in all we do, coordinating our support with others who may be involved with the child and family such as early education practitioners, health visitors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and children’s centres.

How we support early education providers

We give advice to Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) and other staff in private, PVI early education, childcare settings and nursery classes in school. Supporting high quality inclusive provision for children with additional needs, by offering:

  • Advice and strategies to support the inclusion of specific children known to specialist SEN Support services. This includes celebrating achievements, reviewing progress and planning next steps.
  • Training for SENCOs and other early education practitioners to support inclusion. Courses are delivered through the Step into Training programme.
  • On-going support and advice for early years SENCOs in the PVI sector, including bi-annual SENCO network meetings throughout the county.
  • Support and advice to enable a smooth transition to pre-school or school for children with additional needs, including targeted training for schools or early education settings.
  • Advice about ways of working with children to develop particular skills and helpful strategies, e.g. the use of visual support, signing, small group work
  • Advice to develop inclusive practice in a multi-agency way and always fully in partnership with parents.
  • Telephone advice on a 'no-name' confidential basis for any early education providers who have concerns about children who have not yet been referred, or about other issues relating to the inclusion of children with additional needs. Contact your local area office.

How to request help

Requests for involvement of the Early Years SEN team and for other services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are made through Oxfordshire’s Early Support Single Point of Request for Involvement, by completing the SPORFI form (docx format, 110Kb). For further information, see the Early Support Flowchart (pdf format, 177KB).

SENCOs or managers are always welcome to talk through a potential referral with an Early Years SEN member (on a 'no-name' confidential basis) prior to completing the form with the child’s parents.

Resources and additional information

Resources to support inclusive practice can be found on our supporting children under 5 page.

Child protection

We respect the need for confidentiality. The exception to this is when there are concerns about child protection. In these cases, having discussed our concerns with the family, we would liaise with the MASH or the Locality and Community Support Service in accordance with Oxfordshire’s Safeguarding Children procedures.