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Children's Services

The Communication and Language (CaL) Team:

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What are the typical activities on offer?

Users of our service can expect:

Where are we located and what areas do we cover?

STAS CaL is located within three offices around the County, providing an equal level of support and advice to all children and young people who meet criteria across the whole County.

There are Specialist Teacher Advisers and Speech and Language Therapists for CAL in all 3 offices.

Specialist Teacher Advisory Service Children’s Services Department
Dame Mary Fagan House
Chineham Court
Lutyens Close
RG24 8AG

Tel: 01252 814776 / 7

Specialist Teacher Advisory Service HCC Children’s Services
Havant Public Service Plaza
Civic Centre Road

Tel: 02392 441405 /9

Specialist Teacher Advisory Service Children’s Services Department
Winchester Local Office
Falcon House
Monarch Way
SO22 5PL

Tel: 01962 876344 / 5

Who does our service provide for?

STAS CaL works with children and young people with a diagnosed Speech Language and Communication Difficulty and /or Autism, and recognised as their primary need on the Education Health and Care Plan.

Our Service is available to:

What are the eligibility criteria to use our service?

Are there any types of disabilities that you do not provide for?

The STA CaL Team concentrate on pupils with language and/or communication disorder as opposed to Language and Communication Delay associated with Global Learning Difficulties.

How can I start using the service?

The CaL Team

There are no charges for schools / academies or for parents.

A priority for our teams is to develop knowledge in schools therefore:

Can I use my personal budget to pay for the service or to add to the service?

There is no need to use a personal budget for this service; it will not add anything to what is already provided, unless it is used to pay for training in situations where costs are presented to schools or colleges.

Are there any waiting lists and if so, how long are they?

Once it has been agreed the child or young person meets criteria for support from the Service, a STA is assigned to them and they will normally be visited within the next half term.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Decisions about who can use the service are made using eligibility criteria, discussions/close liaison with other professionals in Health and Education, working with the child or young person. Occasionally, STAS are directed to work with children / young people by the Local Authority SEN Service, even though the individual may not meet criteria.

STAS will ensure parents/carers/schools understand and appreciate any decisions made through their responses above and can be contacted for further discussion.

STAs will refer back to the eligibility criteria to explain the result in relation to the child/young person’s SEND and the impact on their ability to access the school environment and curriculum.

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

We seek the views of those using our service via:

How will I know how well my child or young person is doing?

Is your service fully accessible?

It is unusual for service users to have to attend meetings at the Local Offices, as most meetings take place in the service users home or the educational settings, however all three offices are accessible.

All of the offices have accessible toilets, but they do not have accessible changing facilities.

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

STAs Service is a multi-disciplinary service with all members of staff qualified and trained in their specialist area and it is a requirement for them to continue to update their knowledge through continual professional development.

Specialist staff include:

We work closely with the Hampshire Educational Psychology service and NHS Children’s Therapy service.

How will I know my child is safe?

This service complies with and adheres to all Hampshire County Council policies regarding safety at work, child protection and data protection.

Who can I contact for further information?

You should contact the school first, for more information and discuss your thoughts or concerns with the LSA, class teacher SENCo or Head.


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