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Inclusion Practitioner Team

The Inclusion Practitioners are part of the Whole School Inclusion Service, which is in turn part of the Specialist Education Service.

In line with the SEND Code of Practice, Suffolk operate a graduated response to supporting the additional needs of children and young people in Suffolk.  We work alongside schools, health and care colleagues to provide the right support from the right people and the right time. Our response at Stage Three is lead by the team of Inclusion Practitioners.

What do we do?

The Inclusion Practitioners are part of a multi-agency team that works with each child and their family to assess, plan and review an early education, health and care strategy that suits the child’s individual needs. The professionals involved include Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Health specialists, Education specialists, Social Care and Early Help colleagues.

Together, we listen and respond to the views of the family and identify the child’s strengths and interests, and the next steps required to support the child to move forward in their education journey.

Who is it for?

We work with children of school age.  However, when considering a child who is in their GCSE years, school and/or parents may like to consider accessing support through either:

16+ Transitions Guide

Early Help – an adolescent CAF

How to access our service

This is an education-facing county-wide programme, which means that schools can make referrals through our specialist outreach services.  Our Elective Home Education consultants may also make referrals for those children wishing to go back into mainstream education, and where it is felt that the child will benefit from this approach and other avenues for admissions are not straightforward. Other professionals, such as Health teams or the Virtual School may also refer to our service for support.

Contact details

In the first instance, please email the team on SESWSIpracitioners@suffolk.gov.uk

The lead for this service is Sonia Carrington.


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