Sense and NatSIP are working together in an exciting new pilot partnership with an aim of maximising the support available for children who are multi-sensory impaired (MSI), their families and associated practitioners
Sense remains fully committed to children and families including the provision of advice, support, delivery of services, social events, short breaks and holidays. However, Sense and NatSIP are aware that, in these challenging times, there are additional and specialist services which would support families and assist professionals to achieve the best possible outcomes for children whilst assisting statutory agencies to meet their legal responsibilities. These include; individual assessments/reports for EHC plans, intervenor and bespoke MSI training, coaching and mentoring.
The pilot project will include a directory of MSI qualified and trained advisors who can offer a range of services.
If you are a Local Authority, school, family member or practitioner you can use the directory to find further information and details on the skilled advisors who may be able to assist. Advisors will be responsible for undertaking all required safeguarding checks, including an enhanced DBS and must adhere to the relevant safeguarding practice and policies shared by the commissioner.
In order to strengthen the importance of this work and partnership Sense has established a small fund that families may be able to access to support the funding of specialist MSI advice for EHC plans.
The ‘Find a MSI Advisor’ directory was launched on 1 June 2017. As it develops, it will be subject to on-going monitoring. Your feedback about how helpful the directory is will therefore be very important to us. We will not be able to receive or act upon comments about individual advisors.