Wrexham Portage Service

Report
Wrexham Portage Service
Jill Palmer
Portage Home
Visitor
Panna Champaneria
Educational Psychologist
Jill Palmer - Portage Home Visitor
Jill is a qualified Nursery Nurse who was appointed 4 years ago as a Portage
Home Visitor. This was a newly created post as the portage service was new to
Wrexham LEA. She helped set up the service to meet the needs of children and
families, who would like help to build on skills that are most important for their
child’s future learning.
Prior to Jill’s portage post she has had over 10 years experience working within a
variety of schools and early years settings, supporting children in a maintained
setting who were developing age appropriately, some with additional needs and
supported children age 3-16 years with profound and multiple learning
disabilities.
Panna Champaneria – Educational Psychologist
Panna is a Senior Practitioner for Early Years. Following the initial 2 day portage
training in March 2005, Panna has worked alongside Jill to develop the Wrexham
Portage Service.
Whole
child,
family
and
communit
y
Small
steps
Celebrating
success
Inclusion
Partnership
Generalisin
g skills
Our Principles
Enabling
Being
positive
Looking
forwar
d
Celebrating
diversity
Practical,
immediate,
relevant
Supporting
Eligible Criteria
Referral routes:
Open
Community Paediatricians
Maelor children’s centre
Health Visitors
Speech and language therapists
Playgroup leaders
Flying Start Team
Criteria:
• Children must be 0-3 years old
• Children and families resident in Wrexham
• The service is offered to children who are
not in an educational setting
• Children who show a delay in developing skills
in at least two of the following areas:
physical/sensory development
communication Skills
learning
self-help skills
personal and social skills
Criteria cont:
We do not work with children and families:
• Who require an ADHD assessment
• Who require an ASD assessment
• With learning disabilities
Wrexham Portage Service
Request Form
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Child’s information
Parents comments, including strengths and needs
Areas of concern and targets to focus on
Involvement of requestor and other agencies
Additional Information
Parent/carer’s signature
Requestor’s signature
Return completed form to Erlas Centre
Tel: 01978 317679/317675
The Early Visits
Introducing the service, E.P Supervisor and
Portage Home Visitor
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Service information and personalised pack
Roles of Portage Home Visitor, supervisor and family
Timing and length of weekly visits
Weekly supervision/team meetings
Links with other services
Confidentiality
Links with NPA
STARTING POINTS
First Home Visit
• Relationship building
• Discuss generic goals with parents
• Identify current skills by completing the
Portage checklist
• Introduce the small step approach
• Consent for multi-agency working
FAMILY FOCUS
ELEMENT
• Empowering parents
• Sharing daily experiences and routines
• Addressing needs, successes and looking
forward
• Sharing information and concerns
• Promoting inclusion
STRUCTURED TEACHING
ELEMENT
• Joint design and practice of a teaching
activity
• Checking what happened since the last
visit using the activity chart
• Deciding what to do next
• Trying out a new activity
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE
HOME VISITOR
• Keeping confidentiality
• Attending weekly supervision with Educational
Psychologist/ Team leader
• Knowing boundaries to the role
• Sharing information with other agencies (with
consent)
• Joint working with other agencies as necessary
• Ongoing assessment
• Report writing
• Collating information for reviews and evaluation
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
EACH FAMILY
• Maintaining records and sharing completed
activity chart
• Identify long term goals
• Monitor progress
• Liaise
• Share success and concerns
RESPONSIBILITIES OF
THE SUPERVISOR
• Keeping confidentiality
• Support Portage Home Visitor through regular
supervision
• Ensure the appropriateness of referrals
• Attend initial visit with Portage Home Visitor and
subsequent review visits where appropriate
• Liaise with Educational Psychologists, other
agencies and schools
Request information
Date of
request
No. of
requests
Jan 05
1
Jun - Dec 05
18
Jan – Dec 06
19
Jan – Dec 07
16
Jan - Dec 08
13 + 3 FS
Jan 09
2
Feb 09
2 (FS)
Total
76
At any one time Jill
is working with 8-14
families depending
on need and demand.
Requests from
Acrefair
Acton
Barker’s Lane
Brymbo
Brynteg
Caia Park
Chirk
Coedpoeth
Gresford
Gwersyllt
Hightown
Llay
Maes Y Dre
New Broughton
Overton
Penycae
Plas Coch
Rhosddu
Rhosllanerchragog
Rhosrobin
Rhostyllen
Ruabon
Southsea
Wrexham
Requests From:
Educational Psychologist
Flying Start Team
Health visitor
Home advisory team
NPA parent rep
Nursery Nurse
Paediatrician
Parent
Playgroup leader
PPA
Social services
Sorting panel
Speech and Language Therapist
Areas of Concern
Behaviour
Development
Medical
Motor
Play skills
Speech and language
Social Skills
Combinations of any of the above
Tracking information
• 76 requests for portage input
• 9 requests for an assessment place in a
resourced nursery
• Of those 2 went to their mainstream
school
• 7 had a Statutory assessment
• Of the 7 one went to his mainstream
school
Advice on how to deal
with difficult
situations was useful.
My daughter waited for
Jill to arrive because she
looked forward to play. Mum
also looked forward to chat and
share problems.
Jill’s help has been invaluable in helping me learn how to
play.
This in turn helps William learn through our play, he is
now great at role play, action songs and turn taking
games. He is happy to co-operate and help.
This is a big change from the two and a half year old
who wouldn’t look anyone in the eye.
I was worried his
development was far
behind what it should be;
now l know he is not.
It helped me feel a
lot less stressed
about his behaviour.
My son came on
immensely whilst having
Portage and l was not
expecting such an
improvement in a short
space of time, it was
great!
Lots of practical
advice and support,
very caring and a no
pressure to achieve
approach.

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