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Our staff and associates can bring a wealth of experience and practical approaches to the education sector, both within schools, within community groups and within Local Authorities. We have worked with many organisations within the public sector, providing individual experts into short term, strategic roles. Unlike standard agencies we can deliver one of our existing, integrated team members to support your medium and long term planning goals.

We offer this service only in areas where we already have an active presence within the local school community and the individuals we supply remain active within our primary service delivery. This approach ensures that our advice and strategic guidance is driven directly from an understanding of your communities' front line practice and it is this unique ability that sets FocusPsychology apart from other 'executive search' agencies.

Together with our sister organisation, FocusTransformation, we can deliver expertise not only in the areas of Social Care, Education and Safeguarding but also in areas such as Information Management, Organisational Change and Technology Strategy

We have advised Local Authorities and other public sector bodies in the following areas and roles:

  • Interim Principal Educational Psychologist (PEP)
  • Behavioural Support Strategy
  • Children & Families Bill/SEN/EHC Plans
  • Lead Enterprise Architect
  • Organisational Change Programme Manager
  • Interim Technology Integration Strategy Manager
  • Strategic Roadmap for Education Development
  • Technology investment strategy

We are happy to discuss the skills we can bring to your organisation, please contact us to arrange a meeting. We are not an agency, if we do not have the skills you require, we will tell you, all our strategic advisers either work directly for us or are associates that work closely with us. All our strategic advisers contribute to the wider goals of FocusPsychology and are active in our community psychology efforts.

More to explore

Project and Research work

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We are committed to the continuous professional development of our staff and associates, we also believe passionately that the application of sound psychological knowledge can positively change and enhance the lives of children, young people and adults. It is for these reasons that we are always excited to get involved with project and research work. It is only through these activities that we continue to learn what works and what does not. In addition, our experience of working in senior Local Authority positions means that we can offer informed but objective views.

We can support Local Authorities with the planning, implementation and evaluation of new Authority wide initiatives, as well with the analysis of existing interventions and approaches. We can apply systems thinking in order to conduct overviews of services and recommend strategic directions.

Working in Partnership

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When we begin to work with early years providers and schools in a new Local Authority area we are always very keen to forge beneficial and long lasting links with the Authority. We consider our services to be complementary to the statutory services Local Authorities provide and we like to work in partnership so that the families and communities we serve receive a joined-up and seamless experience of professional intervention.

As such, we are very happy to share the outcomes of our work in school communities with Local Authority colleagues (e.g. Educational Psychologists) in order to support and speed up statutory processes such as formal assessments of special educational needs.

Adoption and Fostering

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This support is delivered in a variety of ways depending on the presenting strengths and needs; from workshops, consultation and advice to direct attachment-focused therapeutic interventions such as Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Art Psychotherapy. Our support and interventions meet the TSD Standards for Foster Carers and the therapeutic approaches we use are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical & Health Excellence (NICE). Our experience of working with early years providers and schools allows us to offer holistic, joined up approaches and recommendations.

Pre-proceedings work

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One of the issues that Local Authority Social Care teams often struggle with is the significant amount of information on file, rather than the lack of it and often, while commissioning another assessment may be an easy option, it may not actually add anything new.  FocusPsychology can support social care assessments of family need and risk of harm through targeted consultation at an early stage in complex cases. We have years of specialist expert knowledge in this area and our involvement can significantly improve the outcomes and recommendations that result, saving time and money while keeping the focus on the needs of the child/young person and their family.

We are also able to carry out complex assessments of both children/young people and parents and carers exploring areas such as: attachment, risk of harm, emotional well-being, resilience & motivation, pathways to placement and permanency. 

We have experience of Expert Witness work for the courts as part of family proceedings, particularly with respect to the influence of cultural constructs on approaches to parenting and the understanding of Western concepts of harm. 

Our experience of working with early years providers and schools allows us to offer holistic, joined up approaches and recommendations.

 

Consultation

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We provide consultation and advice on areas such as meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people and families in crisis (Troubled Families), children and young people with additional special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs) process, Common Assessment Framework (CAF),meeting objectives on development plans, person centred learning pathways, Achievement for All, Quality First Teaching, pupil progress and systems analysis. We offer regular meetings (to suit individual requirements) with key staff in school where pupil and/or school issues or initiatives are discussed. In our experience these solution focused meetings empower staff to make positive changes in partnership with other professionals and parents / carers before a situation becomes too acute.