An Engagement Facilitator (EF)

EF Job Purpose

• The SEND Engagement Facilitator will support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to be included within every aspect of their schools and settings.
• An Engagement Facilitator will work with children and young people, their families and the team around the family. They can support with meetings such as One Planning to ensure the right processes are being followed.
• An Engagement Facilitator can work with families of children and young people from 0-25 years of age.

How to access an Engagement Facilitator

• If you have any concerns around your child, it is important to discuss these with your child’s school/setting.
• Requests for an Engagement Facilitator can be made by the school/setting through the Educational Psychologist (EP), Inclusion Partner (IP) or SEND Operations Partners (SOP).
• If you feel your child could benefit from EF support, please liaise with the SENCo; who will then discuss your child’s needs with their Inclusion Team which consists of an Educational Psychologist and Inclusion Partner. If your child has an EHCP, your child’s school/setting can also discuss this request with their Send Operations Partner.
• Before your child is discussed, you will receive a consent form to fill out to allow the discussion/work to take place. Sometimes your child’s school/setting may approach you to request consent to discuss your child with the inclusion team.
• EF involvement will be discussed by a panel that meets once a week. If the involvement is agreed, the EF will be in contact with you and the school/setting. If the request is not agreed the school/setting will be notified.

Possible activities for EFs

• Supporting inclusion and helping children and young people reach their full potential.
• Working with the Think family forum and the Essex family forum who are appointed parent/carer forums who ensure that views and experiences are heard by senior management within Essex County Council’s Education and Health departments, to work towards positive change.
• Ensuring that parental and pupil’s voices are heard.
• Help to translate paperwork so parents/carers understand the content and their intent.
• Supporting families and settings to access services, overcoming barriers and promoting positive working relationships.
• Supporting transitions where the child/young person may find this difficult.

Key Principles of Delivery

• EF delivery can be to specific pupils/families or to a wider setting, school, college or cluster.
• EF delivery to families should focus on improving collaboration and co-production but may include, support to implement SEND approaches at home if these are already being used successfully in an educational setting.
• EF delivery can be through casework, workshops, training or facilitation.
• EF delivery can be with other professionals or involve close links with other professionals, across Education, Health, Social Care and other partners.

Collaboration, co-production and partnership working is everyone’s role and responsibility. An EF should be considered to support the situation when there is targeted work needed in this area to ensure a joined-up approach.