Children's and adolescent mental health service

Educational psychology service

Service aims and values

The Educational Psychologists in Hounslow are committed to optimising the educational outcomes and life chances of children and young people from 0 to 25 and to promoting their social inclusion and emotional wellbeing. We do this through the application of psychological knowledge, research and techniques, in partnership with parents/carers, school staff and the children and young people themselves.

Educational Psychologists in Hounslow

Educational Psychologists (EPs) in Hounslow work in Children’s, Housing and Adults’ Services, within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Department (SEND). We are based in the Civic Centre, on Lampton Road.

EPs are trained to apply psychological theory, research and approaches to support children, young people, their families, schools and other services. EPs bring a specialised perspective to working with children and families and aim to bring about positive change.

All Educational Psychologists are registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and adhere to the psychological and ethical standards set out by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What Educational Psychologists (EPs) do

We work in nurseries, schools, colleges and specialist provisions where we undertake work in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals within the Education, Social and Health Services.

Primarily EPs aim to work through consultation with parents/carers and staff in schools and in settings to develop a shared understanding of a child or young person's needs and to find solutions in order to address concerns. This approach values equally the views and observations of the child/parent and the teacher/professional.

Consultations may lead to other forms of work, such as:

  • assessment of children and young people
  • intervention with individual children and young people e.g. therapeutic work or coaching
  • group work with children and young people
  • further consultative work with parents/carers or professionals, including parent support groups
  • training for parents/carers and professionals
  • developmental organisational work with schools and services
  • research

We also carry out statutory work on behalf of the Local Authority including providing psychological advice in contribution to Education, Health and Care assessments and plans.

Some Hounslow Educational Psychologists have specialist roles in areas such as:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Looked After Children
  • Early Years
  • Mental Health and Behaviour

How to access Educational Psychology Support

We take requests for involvement with individual children and young people from schools and a number of other professionals. If a parent has a concern about a child’s learning or relationships then the first step is to discuss this with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo)/Inclusion Manager at the child’s school.

Schools and other professional teams can contact us directly for organisational work and training.

Referrals are currently through the Child and Family Assessment Notification/Form (CFAN) referral form.  Educational Psychologists currently offer a time allocation model of service delivery to schools.