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The Derbyshire Portage Service works with children from birth to statutory school-age who have significant developmental delay/complex SEN and not yet attending a setting.

The service sits within the EYSEN service and is a specialist level service of Portage home visitors who support parents to support their child’s developmental needs (predominantly around cognition and personal, social and emotional development) and reduce any barriers to their learning.

Referrals can be made by any professional currently working with the family via the EYSEN panel referral form.

Referrals must include detailed information about the child’s current development and complexity of need as well as evidence of the graduated response to these at universal and targeted levels of support.

It would be best practice to have carried out an early help assessment ahead of any referral to ensure that specialist level support is required/appropriate at this point.

For further information or to discuss a possible referral contact lisa.anderton@derbyshire.gov.uk