This section of the website is for practitioners to access a range of information and resources relevant to their work with children, young people and families in the London Borough Sutton. If you have any information, resources or links to include here please contact us.

Resources for professionals

Requesting a Statutory Assessment

A request for an assessment can be made by the setting, school or college that a child or young person attends but can also be requested by a parent or a young person aged 16-25.

You can make a request by completing an application form. The Sutton SEN team can be contacted on 020 8770 6507 or by email on

As part of the EHC needs assessment the child or young person will be asked to complete an “All about me” page and a “Circle of Support” or “Important People to Me” page and the parent will also be asked for the family’s views.  These help everyone to keep the child or young person at the centre of the EHC assessment process and will be used to plan the best possible outcomes. There are two different versions to choose from and the child or young person can choose to respond using whichever form they want. The All About Me pages are available for download.

The paperwork for the Annual Review can also be downloaded.  

Please note, this paperwork is being trialled until the end of the Summer Term 2017.  If you have any comments or suggestions to make, please send them to

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Video by Fazilla Amide (parent from Enfield) on Achieving Joined- Up, SMART, Flexible Outcomes shown at the EHC Plan Workshops held in Spring 2016


Person Centred Planning

Personalising education is based on person centred practises. These are a range of practical person centred thinking tools and practices that are used with pupils, teachers, parents and governors to create a person centred and personalised culture. Here you will find information from the schools and colleges that are pioneering person centred practices to personalise education.

Find more information and resources about person centred planning.

Person Centred Reviews A mini book that outlines the process and format of a person centred review. This was developed by one of the SEND pathfinders.

Medical Conditions

Supporting pupils at School with Medical Conditions is statutory guidance from the DfE. It also includes a model process for developing individual health care plans.

Sutton Council support services 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Service The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service (ASD) offers advice and support to school staff and a range of professionals and parents/carers so that they can understand the needs of children with Autism, from 2 years to 19 years, and develop specific strategies to support their progress.
  • Borough School Attendance Service The service’s main task is to help improve pupils’ attendance and reduce unnecessary absence by working closely with schools, pupils and their parents, and with other services and agencies to promote, encourage and, where necessary, enforce regular school attendance.
  • Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Using the CAF enables us to understand a child’s needs and to develop effective Action Plans and packages of support in order to address those needs.    It also helps us to identify when children and young people require referrals for statutory assessment. 
  • Early Support Service Offer support, advice and coordination of needs to families where there is a child or children aged 0-8 years with additional needs or disabilities.
  • Early Years SEN Advisory Team (Area SENCo. Team) We support all early years and schools who deliver the EYFS and are in receipt of the Free Entitlement Funding (FEF) including  Maintained Schools (Nursery and Reception Classes) Independent Schools (Nursery and Reception Classes) Pre-Schools, Playgroups, Day Nurseries and Childminders in developing and maintaining good inclusive practice, in line with the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the SEND Code of Practice.
  • Educational Psychology Service Sutton Educational Psychology Service (EPS) works with children, young people, families, schools and other practitioners to encourage the educational, social and emotional growth and development of children and young people
  • English as an Additional Language Service The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Service Advisory Team supports pupils in Sutton schools who are learning English in addition to their first or home language.
  • Families Matter Service We work with children, young people and their families on a locality basis who are deemed as vulnerable and have complex needs that require a multi-agency response.
  • Families Matter referral form  Referral form (opens in a word document).
  • Learning Support Service We assess teach and give advice for children in primary school who are experiencing difficulties with reading, writing, spelling or maths.
  • Sensory Impairment Service The Service for Sensory Impairment aims to provide flexible support to children and their families/carers from the earliest days of diagnosis through to leaving school, enabling each child to achieve their full potential.
  • Sutton Information, Advice & Support Service (Sutton IAS service) Sutton IAS Service, formerly Sutton Parent Partnership Service, provides confidential, impartial, information, advice and support to parents/carers, children and young people on special educational needs and disability (SEND). A young person is an individual over compulsory school age (16) and under 25.
  • Sutton Portage Service Portage is a (term time) home visiting educational home for pre-school children who have special needs/ disability. It offers a flexible and fun approach to learning.
  • Targeted Education Team We offer support to young people who are post 16 and not in education, employment or training (NEET). With the statutory raising of the participation age to 18 by 2017, all young people must be participating in education or training.

Disabled Children's Services

The Children with Disabilities Team consists of social workers, children's practitioners, occupational therapists and a complex health needs nurse. They provide advice and assistance to children with disabilities and their parents/carers. Find out more about Disabled Children's Services.

Access Point
Access Point is the first contact point for all enquiries related to the Disabled Children's Service. Access Point is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team; so if the person who takes your call does not have the information you need, the chances are they will have a colleague nearby who does. If you are a parent, young person or professional and you want to ask us a question, seek advice or information, request a service or report a concern about a disabled child you should contact Access Point on 020 8770 4690 or access

Esteem Sutton is a partnership of experienced local community based providers of mental health and well-being services for children, young people and their families

Sutton Alliance Service (Tier 2 CAMHS) Sutton Alliance Service is a single point for referral for any mental health needs.  They offer assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioural or mental health issues. The Alliance will also offer termly workshops for professionals around mental health issues.

Sutton Uplift is a Primary Care Mental Health Service which has been developed in partnership between South West London and St George’s NHS trust and local voluntary sectors.  Support is available through a number of ways including:

  • Well-being Support
  • Self-management courses led by the recovery college
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
  • Recovery Support

Sutton Uplift is based on the values of empowerment and preventing ill health through recognising people's own strengths and capabilities, supporting them to reconnect with their communities and networks. Sutton Uplift is accessible to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the London borough of Sutton or is registered with a GP in Sutton. Please contact Sutton Uplift on 0800 0321 411 to self-refer or access the referral form on the website.

Sutton Apprenticeship Hub      

The hub is designed to help people aged 16+ that have left, or are due to leave secondary education, make the right decisions about their next steps to that dream career.

The hub is designed to support parents, teachers and employers too, helping everyone to understand the benefits of apprenticeships here in Sutton and its surrounding areas, and how we can all support young people to make the right decisions. Find out more

Statutory Assessment of EHC Needs A guide for parents and young people in Sutton 

London Borough of Sutton School's Accessibility Strategy

Graduated support for special needs

Top Tips for professionals to support children and young people to participate in their EHC plan

This Top Tips guide is for all professionals who are involved in supporting disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, to fully participate in their Education, Health, and Care (EHC) plan.

All of the top tips in this guide have been co-developed with disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.

This document aims to:
a) Raise awareness of the barriers children and young people to face when
participating in their EHC plan
b) Offer some advice and ideas to help eliminate those barriers.

Download the guide for Top Tips for Professionals who support CYP to participate in their EHCP

Transition Research Programme - Facilitator guides

Facilitator guides for young people's workshops to share the learning from the Transition Research Programme.

The Transition Programme is a 5-year programme of research which began examining how health services can contribute most effectively to facilitating successful transition of young people with complex health needs from childhood to adulthood.

We are keen for young people to hear about the findings from the research and also to see if their experience of transition is similar to what the research tells us.  We have worked with a small group of young people to design some activities that can be run with other groups to help them engage with the findings from the research.

We hope that you will download the guides and use the activities to help share the learning from the programme with young people in any groups that you are involved with.  

The first in the suite of three guides is available to download below and focuses on young people's approaches to and experiences of transition.

There will be two additional guides that will be published soon, one on Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare (DAH) and one on Health Passports.

We are keen to hear your feedback on the guides and the young people's feedback from the sessions so please do let us know your views via the online survey included in the guides. 

Download the guide for Young People's Approaches to Transition Facilitator Guide

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

This guidance applies to all schools and is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and education staff
  • governing bodies, proprietors and management committees

It sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Download the guide for Keeping children safe in education 

Working together to safeguard children

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This guidance is for:

  • local authority chief executives
  • directors of children’s services
  • chairs of local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs)
  • teachers and education staff
  • social workers
  • health service professionals
  • adult services
  • police officers
  • voluntary and community sector workers in contact with children and families

Download the guide for Keeping children safe in education 

High Anxiety

This article will focus on the topic of anxiety, one of the most common mental health difficulties in school-aged children and adolescents. It will present some findings from a recent research project, provide some information about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of anxiety and consider the benefits of a school-based anxiety prevention programme

Download the guide for High anxiety

Girls with autism : flying under the radar

Inclusive Attraction

Ten top tips to help you select an inclusive venue for your school trip.

Download the guide for Inclusive attraction

Useful websites

What do the SEND reforms mean for Early Years Setting? This briefing summarises SEN and disability responsibilities in the early years and can be used by settings to review their progress in implementing the reforms.

The Communication Trust is a coalition of more than 50 not-for-profit organisations working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. The Trust has created a single 'Local Offer' webpage which is designed to supply information about services and resources available to families with children who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

AFASIC    Supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

Anti-bullying written resources for schools and other professionals

British Sign Language on line resources, games and course. Includes finger spelling alphabet chart.

The Centre for Child Mental Health aims to support both child professionals and parents with the latest evidence based tools, techniques, brain science and psychological research on how to enable children and teenagers to thrive. To achieve this aim, The Centre has been offering international conferences, training events and resources to professionals and parents for over 15 years.

Ceop Command The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

Childline ChildLine is a service which is provided by the NSPCC.

Do2Learn  Free pages with social skills and behavioural regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills

Downs Syndrome Association Information for professionals about Downs Syndrome

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has produced a guide on ways to adapt the internationally recognised and World Health Organisation-endorsed FRIENDS for Life programme to help children and young people with learning disabilities to manage their feelings better.

Kidpower Bullying prevention and skills for safety and confidence.

Living with ADHD Get child protection research, tools and resources for professionals, learn what works in our Impact and Evidence hub and find services for children and families.

NSPCC The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection

NSPCC schools The NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse. We use an assembly or workshop to help under 11s understand abuse and recognise it if it occurs.

Send Gateway Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs

Sensory Integration Network The SI Network (UK & Ireland) is a not-for-profit organisation, promoting education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration.

SIBS If you are working with disabled children or adults and their families, or supporting carers, you will find information in this section on the needs of siblings and how you can support them.SIBS schools top tips

Talking Point  The Talking Point website has been designed to support parents  and practitioners to find help and information about how to identify and support children's speech, language and communication needs. 

Young Minds  YoungMinds supports and informs professionals who work with children or young people, whether through paid employment or voluntary work. We provide reliable information about common mental health and behaviour concerns in children and young people: symptoms; possible causes; what you can do to help; other resources and organisations you can contact for support.

Youth Justice SEND Bubble The national launch of our training and development resource to support professionals working with young people in the youth justice system has been very well received.

So far the Access Codes have been sent to over 1,500 individuals across the country, and hundreds have opened accounts already! What is the Youth Justice SEND Bubble?

Employment is everyone's business - new resources
As part of the project, Employment is Everyone's Business (EEB), the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)  and the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) have been working with a number of schools, colleges, young people and employers to identify ways in which professionals can work together to support young people into employment. They have produced three new resources which you can access here.

Disability Matters  This is a new free e-learning resource for everyone who works with disabled children and young people.  Build your confidence and learn how to communicate more effectively.  

Children missing education This statutory guidance sets out key principles to enable local authorities in England to implement their legal duty under section 436A of the Education Act 1996 to make arrangements to identify, as far as it is possible to do so, children missing education.