Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS)

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families through schools and other educational settings. BHISS is an important part of Brighton & Hove’s Local Offer for children and young people with SEND.

BHISS provides access to highly skilled and experienced specialist professionals including educational psychologists, primary mental health workers, specialist teachers and and practitioners in two key areas:

Learning and Communication

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

How BHISS works with schools and other settings

All schools have Special Educational Needs or Inclusion Coordinators (SENCOs/INCOs) and SEND funding to meet less significant needs through a 'graduated response'. Read more about the graduated response and what schools and settings must offer for children with SEND [PDF 500kb].

Where additional advice or support is required to help schools and other settings meet more significant needs, schools and settings are able to call on BHISS.

Each school or setting is linked to named BHISS professionals including an Educational Psychologist and specialists from Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Learning and Communication areas. These identified staff form the basis of the team around the school/setting. This encourages continuity and consistency of professional relationships and ensures BHISS professionals are aware of the broader context of each school and setting. 

Read more about how BHISS works with schools and other settings to support children and young people with SEND [PDF 2.3mb]

How BHISS works with other professionals and teams

For the small group of children and young people with very significant, complex and enduring SEND, the service works with schools/settings, Brighton & Hove SEND team and other professionals in health and social care to assess and advise on needs and outcomes through an Education, Health and Care needs assessment. Where an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is issued and maintained by the local authority, BHISS may be involved in the review process, particularly at times of transition.

How BHISS works with families

BHISS works closely with families to involve them fully in planning for children and young people identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities. Wherever possible, the views and wishes of the child or young person are also taken into account and this holistic and inclusive approach involving the child, the family and the school is seen as key to bringing about positive change and improved outcomes.

The expectation is that schools/settings will have discussed any concerns they have about a child’s needs with parents/carers and taken steps to address these prior to involving BHISS.

Contact details:

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS)
Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Building
County Oak Avenue
Tel: 01273 293481