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Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

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The EPS provides psychological services supporting children and young people under 25 to overcome learning barriers. We apply psychology in the educational setting, with a focus on developing learning, physical or sensory needs, and social, emotional and mental health. We work closely with partner agencies and colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

We help children and young people through:

  • developing trusting relationships, facilitating collaboration, and valuing the views of children and young people, parents, carers, school staff and partner agencies
  • providing impartial, fair and professional guidance
  • applying psychology and evidenced-based practice (grounded in psychological theory and research)
  • engaging with children, young people and their families to develop our service
  • seeking feedback to evidence the value of our contribution

The EPS is funded by Enfield Council to provide psychological services to support the delivery of its statutory responsibilities. This includes psychological consultation, assessment and intervention relating to:

  • the provision of statutory advice, contributing to the statutory assessment process for the provision of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for the 0 – 25 age group
  • the transfer and revision of Statements of SEN to EHCPs, where there is likely to be a change of placement or provision
  • the reviewing of Statements of SEN and EHCPs, where there is likely to be a change in provision or placement
  • Looked After Children by Enfield Council, where there are concerns about their special educational needs
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Tribunals

We also offer:

  • support and attendance at whole school planning and review meetings
  • an Early Years team working with children’s centres, health, social care and partner agencies, and the community
  • support for schools in managing traumatic incidents
  • support for schools planning for children and young people in crisis which place them at serious risk of exclusion
  • educational psychology involvement through the Advisory Service for Autism
  • evidence-based interventions in schools (e.g. parenting programmes). We are working alongside CAMHS and the Behaviour Support Service (BSS) to deliver on this

Schools and educational settings can purchase additional time from the EPS to embed psychology within the school system and support children with SEND. For more information, see our traded services page.

Accessing the EPS

If you are concerned about your child, you should speak to their health visitor, local children’s centre, preschool, school or college. We are a targeted service and educational settings should be able to assess and meet the needs of most children and young people in their care. 

It may be that we are initially included in a review meeting. However, if more direct work is needed, a form should be completed by a professional who knows you and your child:

Time to Listen sessions are also held regularly in children’s centres. Parents of children under five can book these if they have concerns about their child’s development or behaviour. For more information, contact your local children’s centre.

The EPS team

Our team have experience of working with children and young people and have a specialist qualification in educational psychology, at masters or doctoral level. They are registered as practitioner psychologists with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and undertake continuing professional development and receive regular supervision.

We maintain close links with the London training courses and trainee educational psychologists who are enrolled on approved training courses work under the supervision of qualified educational psychologists within the team. We may also employ assistant educational psychologists to work under supervision.

For more information, email the team or contact us on 020 8379 2000. You can find us at:

Enfield Educational Psychology Service
Children’s Services Centre
Charles Babbage House
1 Orton Grove
Enfield
EN1 4TU

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