This is an information gathering stage and will include an early discussion with caregivers and children about concerns. At this stage the child is not on the SEN register, they are being monitored. Local Authorities will have an ‘early help’ process, this is based on early intervention and can be requested from pre-birth to adulthood. Early help is available to support families when they are unable to manage a child or meet their needs on their own. It is a multi-agency approach that intends to meet the child’s needs early to prevent them escalating into greater concerns.
Martin-Denham, S. and Watts, S. (2019) SENCO Handbook: Leading provision and Practice. London: Sage Publishers.