The Educational Psychology Service is for children and young people aged 0 to 25. All of the Educational Psychologists (EPs) we employ are registered with the Health Care Professions Council and have specialist training and qualifications in Child Development, Psychology and Education.
EPs carry out psychological assessments of children and young people in a range of settings including early years, schools and colleges. They advise staff, other professionals and parents/carers on ways of supporting children in their educational, emotional and social development.
A request for the involvement of an EP is normally made by a school or other educational setting in the first instance. The request will only be made after the school and parent/carer have discussed their concerns about a child’s development and have together agreed that a referral to the EP Service would be helpful. The referral will not be accepted by the EP Service unless the parent/carer has given their full consent.
Sometimes a parent/carer may prefer to seek advice from an EP without necessarily having their child seen directly by the EP. Under these circumstances a parent/carer can book an appointment with the EPS Parent Consultation Service.
Educational Psychology Parent Consultation Service
A parent/carer can meet directly with an EP to discuss their concerns, the consultation meetings are held monthly at the City Care Centre between 1pm and 4pm. Consultations are by appointment only and bookings need to be made one month in advance. To book or enquire about dates please telephone 01733 863792 or 01733 863689.
The aim is to give a parent time and space to reflect on their concerns and consider ways in which they can help to move things forward for themselves and the child or young person.
The child or young person will not be needed at the appointment. However, if a parent would find it helpful, a member of staff from the educational setting, another involved professional or friend/relative could accompany them to the appointment.
The EP will prepare a written record of the consultation and give the parent a copy. The EP will not share this information with other professionals unless the EP has the parents’ permission or thinks the child or young person may be in danger. We will take some details from a parent when they book a meeting on the telephone.