When should a referral be made

As schools are aware there are many types of interventions that may be appropriate for you to support a young person with their mental or physical health; we hope the list provided allows you to ‘at a glance’ see if there is anything you haven’t considered before a referral is made.  As always, if there is a strategy that we can add to the list to support others then please let us know.  The following document also helps when supporting a student with health needs:


Interventions could include:

An Individual Health Care Plan – see link above

A support plan that is developed with the pupil and parent/carer containing suggested strategies for school staff/parents/pupils to implement.  Regular reviews to monitor progress and next steps.

Use of rooms/smaller groups or safe places in school to go to when in crisis - for example EHub

Rest rooms

Part time timetable – to be reviewed as health improves

Mentoring support in school from school staff or commissioned agencies

Utilise support from an Educational Psychologist or access support via other support mechanisms such as Kent Autistic Trust

Make a request for support - Early Help

Family Support Worker/Student manager etc. (school based)

Collaboration with mental health support teams (Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) During 2021/22 schools across Kent have been supported with a MH support nurse for 1 day a week.  Schools who are part of the pilot may be able to support a referring school.

Application for high needs funding to support an EHCP

Headstart has some great support including toolkits https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/

Managed move to another mainstream provision if appropriate

Referral to an alternative provision such as TRS must be evidenced as being the very last resort