Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service

Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service work in partnership with schools and families for children who are deaf, vision and multi-sensory impaired to enable them to have good outcomes and a positive future.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jane Peters
Contact Position
Head of Service
Telephone
01628 796786
07887 540921
E-mail
sensory.consortium@rbwm.gov.uk
Website
https://berkshirescs.btck.co.uk/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/berksscs/
Twitter
https://twitter.com/BerksSCS

Where to go

Name
Town Hall
Address
Zone D
St Ives Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
Postcode
SL6 1RF

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open term time Monday to Friday 8.45 - 5.15
Session Information
Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service hold pre school groups for vision and hearing impaired children. For more information
please visit our website: http://berkshirescs.btck.co.uk/WhatsOn/Pre-schoolGroups

Other Details

Costs

Details
The Service does not make any charge to parents.
Independent schools can access the service but are charged for this provision. Colleges and 16+ provisions would access the service via Inclusion Premium funding arrangements between the colleges or local authorities and the service

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Pre-school children and young people are referred by the Ophthalmology or Audiology Health Service. School age children and young people are referred by their school following a diagnosis by Ophthalmology or Audiology that confirms a vision or hearing impairment that meets the agreed medical assessment criteria for referral which would indicate that the impairment is likely to affect access to learning opportunities.

Other notes

The Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service works with children and young people up to the age of 19 attending school and resident in the Berkshire Unitary Authorities who have educational needs arising from a diagnosed hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment.

  • Windsor and Maidenhead (host authority)
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • West Berkshire
  • Wokingham

Local Offer

Description

The Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service works with children and young people up to the age of 19 attending school and resident in the Berkshire Unitary Authorities who have educational needs arising from a diagnosed hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment. Specialist teachers, paediatric habilitation specialists, educational audiologists and specialist teaching assistants provide a key worker service for pre-school children, pre-school groups, parent workshops and provide advice, teaching and training for pupils, parents and schools.


We loan specialist equipment to schools for children resident and attending schools in the Berkshire local authorities who are on our caseload and whose needs are not met via the Education, Health and Care Plans or high needs funding from their resident local authority.

We are a joint arrangement between all Local Authorities in Berkshire:

  • Windsor and Maidenhead (host authority)
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • West Berkshire
  • Wokingham
Contact Name
Jane Peters
Contact Telephone
01628 796786
Contact Email
sensory.consortium@rbwm.gov.uk
Links
AfC RBWM Local Offier
SEN Provision Type
Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
19 plus
Needs Level
High
Medium
Low

General Provider

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Referral to the service would need to be supported by a clinical diagnosis of a vision, hearing or multi-sensory impairment that indicated a mild to profound loss not correctable by use of glasses. The service would then make an assessment of the needs of the child or young person including using the National Sensory Impairment Partnership Eligibility Criteria and provide written recommendations which would include adding on to the service caseload where appropriate.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

Referral to the service would need to be supported by a clinical diagnosis of a vision, hearing or multi-sensory impairment that indicated a mild to profound loss not correctable by use of glasses. The service would then make an assessment of the needs of the child or young person including using the National Sensory Impairment Partnership Eligibility Criteria and provide written recommendations which would include adding on to the service caseload where appropriate.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

Hearing impairment: we expect to make contact within 24 hours from receipt of a referral for a pre-school child and 5 days for a school age referral during school term times. We make contact with families of children diagnosed with a hearing impairment through Newborn Hearing Screening within 24 hours of diagnosis during school holidays.


Visual impairment: We expect to make contact within 24 hours from receipt of a referral and 5 days for a school aged referral. The response to referrals is primarily during school term times although we provide some additional cover during the summer holidays so that a blind diagnosis will be followed by a visit before the beginning of a new academic year.

Multi-sensory impairment: We expect to make contact within 24 hours from receipt of a referral and 5 days for a school aged referral during school term times, once a child has been confirmed as having impairments of both their senses of hearing and vision.

All referrals will be followed by an assessment to be completed within 6 weeks of referral during school terms and receipt of relevant provision is made immediately following.

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Yes
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs

Independent schools can access the service but are charged for this provision. Colleges and 16+ provisions would access the service via top-up funding arrangements between the colleges or local authorities and the service

Feedback and complaints procedure

Compliments and complaints can be directed to

We follow the Achieving for Children complaints procedure which can be found here: https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/find-out-more-about-the-local-offer/raising-concerns-and-complaints-about-achieving-for-children

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All staff have additional qualifications for working with children and young people with a sensory impairment. We undertake regular reviews of staff performance and report and evaluate the outcomes we achieve with children and young people on our caseload against national attainment data. All staff are vetted and meet the requirements of Local Authority employment regulations for working with children and young people.‚Äč

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