Service Details

Educational Psychology Service

Inspire. Motivate. Advocate.

Introduction

The Service is made up of a team of highly qualified Educational Psychologists. We are applied psychologists concerned with the development, learning and social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

We promote a collective, joint problem solving approach that leads to a shared understanding and ownership of problem situations and improved outcomes for vulnerable children and young people aged 0–25 who are Lambeth residents or who attend Lambeth schools
We employ a wide range of applied psychological and educational skills, intervention techniques and approaches for helping children and young people, teaching staff, parents and carers within a school or community context.

Our mission is to use psychology to promote inclusion, embrace diversity and to enhance emotional well-being for all children and young people in our community.

Our Vision is to ensure that every child and young person is heard.

We are all registered as Educational Psychologists with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and maintain the professional codes of conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Benefits

Our service is either directly commissioned by educational settings in Lambeth to work at an individual child or young person level; whole staff group or whole school developmental level
or;
We are directly commissioned by the Local Authority for statutory work in relation to Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and other issues related to the Children and Families Act 2014

Our senior EPs sit on the SEND Service Panel and other strategic decision making boards.

We are all linked in closely with other teams in Education, Learning and Skills, including Inclusion, Virtual School, the SEND Service and can help with conversations between services and schools.

Our team and team leaders are all linked with Lambeth Social Care and with Lambeth Health NHS Services. We have EPs sitting on various strategic groups such as Transitions Team in Social Care, the ADHD Strategy Group in Health, Early Bird Autism Parenting Group in Early Years SEND Service and many others.

As a local authority Educational Psychology Service we offer a connection to colleagues in Education, Health and Social Care that ensures children and young people are advocated for when needed.

More Details

We offer educational settings a range of preventative and targeted work which includes:

  • Consultation with school staff and / or parents / carers, where there are any staff concerns. This may be followed up by observation and/ or assessment.

  • Assessment leading to planning interventions, implementation and review of support strategies as appropriate.

  • Interventions following on from assessment or consultation- such as group-work with pupils / parents / staff, following consultation in accordance with school priorities. Systems work with the school as an organisation (e.g. on promoting emotional wellbeing). Therapeutic work with children and young people.

  • Research- such as action research on matters of school concern (e.g. the pattern and effects of bullying, reducing exclusions, playtimes) Providing an evidence base for interventions.

  • Training and professional development: school-based training, negotiated to meet each school’s needs (e.g. dyslexia, behaviour, working with LSAs, attachment; working memory).

  • Critical Incident Support

  • Support for Children looked after: such as supervision for designated teaching staff; support and advice for staff on the supporting the learning and emotional well-being of CLA

Contact Details

Sue Franklin, Principal Educational Psychologist, Tel: 020 7926 9658, Email: sfranklin@lambeth.gov.uk