Schools can call on professionals from a number of different agencies/services for help and advice.
Provision is also made for pupils visual/hearing impairment and pre-school pupils with additional support needs. Formal referral to any of these agencies/services would only take place with the consent of parents/guardians.
There will however be occasions when issues may be discussed in confidence without formal referral and therefore without such consent. If parents are concerned about this they should contact the school for further information.
In Secondary Schools individual pupils experiencing difficulties may be discussed at multi-agency meetings. These are attended by relevant professionals. All matters discussed in these meetings are understood to be strictly confidential. Parents are normally invited to these meetings.