About Referral Routes: Educational Psychology Service
- The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) delivers services following the framework provided by the SEN Code of Practice.
- An educational psychologist (EP) would typically only become involved in direct casework with children who have previously received good quality SEN Support in in school, following the graduated response.
- Cases are taken on by the school’s named EP in consultation with the school SENCo as part of a planning meeting. School/setting staff who have concerns about a child or young person they work with should therefore contact their SENCo in the first instance.
- EPs only become involved with children with the active consent and involvement of parents/carers, as indicated by their signature on the EPS Referral form. Translated versions of the referral form can be found at the bottom of this page; we hope to add more translated versions in the key language spoken in Derby from September 2019.
- All reports and correspondence from EPs are copied to parents/carers.
- It is likely that schools in collaboration with their EP will prioritise those children:
- Whose Special Educational Needs (SEN) or social, emotional or mental health difficulties place them at risk of permanent exclusion or frequent fixed term exclusion.
- Who are Looked After Children or children from other vulnerable groups who have SEN or social, emotional or mental health needs.
- Who have particularly severe SEN.
- Who have poorly understood SEN that would benefit from psychological assessment.
- Whose SENs are poorly understood because they have not responded to relevant and purposeful SEN Support provided by the school.