Sensory Needs Service - hearing impairment (HI) and visual impairment (VI)

What does your service do?

This is a service designed to support the education and inclusion of children with sensory needs from birth to 19. The team consists of 2 teams of experienced teachers who have a specialist qualification in hearing impairment, visual impairment and multi-sensory impairment. We also have our own educational audiologist, a family support worker, a habilitation officer and a specialist Braille teaching assistant.

We work closely with families of children and young people with sensory impairment, staff in schools and pre-school settings and other professionals, e.g. audiologists, speech therapists, optometrists and health visitors. We also have a Hearing Support Facility (The Launch Pad) at Bevendean Primary School, a specialist provision for primary aged hearing impaired children. The Sensory Needs Service has a central base for administration, equipment storage, educational materials, books and publications.

Where is it located and what area does it cover?

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service
Sensory Needs Team 
Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Building
County Oak Avenue
Brighton
BN1 8DJ

Our scope is citywide.

Who does your service provide for?

We deal with sensory impairment in the early years, school and post-16 age ranges.

How can I start using the service?

There is no self-referral, but we accept referrals from professionals in health, schools and pre-school settings.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

It begins with a joint conversation with the referrer,  face to face conversation or telephone conversation and decisions are fed back using the same manner.
Decisions can be appealed by engaging in further discussion with referrer and/or teachers.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Day to day feedback; Service user group or forum; Service evaluations.  British Sign Language. We request interpreter services if necessary.  Parent Braille Group/After School Club (HI) Springboard (HI) Deaf Awareness training

Is your service fully accessible?

We offer parents information, advice and and support for a child with HI/VI or multi sensory impairment from diagnosis and throughout education. Support children with HI and VI to access their educational environment and the curriculum to fulfil their potential. Offer training and advice to schools and pre-school settings to equip with skills and knowledge to meet the needs of HI/VI children. Offer advice on use and management and specialist equipment that may be needed to access environment and learning. Monitor children's progress and attainment. Provide specialist provision for primary aged HI children in our hearing support facility. Offer support of family support worker to children and families to facilitate communication, development and welfare. Offer support of habilitation officer to support children and families with mobility training and daily living skills. Provide information and support when children transfer to adult services.

We have an accessible toilet on site.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

The team consists of 2 teams of experienced teachers who have a specialist qualification in hearing or visual impairment. In addition, we have an educational audiologist, a family support worker, a habilitation officer and a specialist Braille teaching assistant, all of whom are experienced and qualified. We work closely with professionals from other health and other agencies and voluntary organisations.

Who can I contact for further information?

Contact:

 Sul Regan (HI) Alison Acason (VI)

Phone:

 01273 293610

Email:

 sns@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Website (if applicable):

 www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sns