Pre-school liaison groups
What is a pre-school liaison group?
A pre-school liaison group is a group of multidisciplinary senior staff who work for either the NHS or Norfolk County Council, coming together to help ensure that children and families where there are special educational needs and disabilities get the necessary support to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Currently the clinicians invited are:
- Senior Occupational Therapist OT
- Community Paediatrician (Health)
- Psychologist (Health)
- Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist (Health)
- Sensory Support Practitioner (Education)
- Specialist Health Visitor (Health)
- Speech and Language Therapist (Health)
- Norfolk Portage Service Practitioner (Education)
- Disability Coordinator (Education)
- Children’s Community Nurse (Health)
Referrals will be made to the group after discussion with parents/carers and it is agreed that the child concerned has, or is likely to have special educational needs and/or disability.
Why are there pre-school liaison groups?
Under the Children and Families Act 2014 there is a specific duty for health practitioners to bring 0-5 year old children who may have special educational needs and disability (SEND) to the attention of the Local Authority so that they can consider whether an assessment is necessary and plan appropriate services for the future. A pre-school liaison group is an ideal forum to gather this information and pass to the Local Authority.
Areas we can help with
The aims of the PSLG group are to ensure families have appropriate support and services, especially with regard to transfer into school and to inform Norfolk County Council of pre-school children with Special Educational Needs and Disability requirements.
Families are not invited to attend the group as we discuss a large number of children each meeting. However, prior to the meeting where your child is discussed you will receive a questionnaire that you can complete if you want any further information relating your child and to let us know if you have any specific areas of concern.
If you return the questionnaire we will write to you following the meeting with any outcome and answers to your questions.