The Hearing Impairment Team is part of SENSS which is a countywide Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching and advisory support service.
What’s important to us (our values):
We work in partnership to secure good outcomes and a positive future for children and young people with hearing impairment.
Our aim is that children and young people with hearing impairment make good progress, achieve well and enjoy school, family and community life.
What we do:
- Provide family-focused support from the confirmation of hearing impairment.
- Support, advise and empower staff in schools and settings to understand the needs of children and young people with hearing impairment.
- Provide assessment and advice in relation to the child / young person’s hearing impairment.
- Ensure that the views, wishes, perspectives and experiences of the children and young people are fully reflected in their provision.
- Support children and young people to develop a positive understanding of their own hearing impairment.
- Carry out assessments in relation to specialist equipment.
- Make specialist provision for children with particular needs in a number of specialist Resources Bases attached to mainstream schools.
We base our work on the strongest evidence base recognising that there are other approaches.
Who we offer this service to:
We work with children and young people who have:
- a permanent hearing loss
- an ongoing temporary hearing loss that is likely to impact on a child or young person's education
How and when we do it:
- We work primarily in schools and educational settings, but also in homes, where necessary. This is available during term time.
- For infants who have a confirmed hearing loss a reduced service is provided to cover the school holiday periods.
- We have a range of professionals in our teams including specialist advisory teachers of the deaf and communication support workers.
- We work closely with SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff in schools and colleges.
- We liaise closely with families and we work collaboratively with other agencies involved with the child.
- We provide advice, support, interventions and some direct teaching.
- We offer a range of training from individual training around a child’s needs to whole school and area based specialist courses to support continuing professional development
SENSS staff work hard, in partnership with schools and families, to ensure that children with SEND are well supported. In doing this they are entitled to respect. SENSS will not tolerate rudeness or any behaviour toward staff that undermines them and we request that staff are treated with respect at all times. Thank you for your support in this.
How to contact us:
Please call any of these numbers if you are unsure.
SENSS Central - 01865 515966
SENSS South - 01235 538471
SENSS North - 01865 816970
We respect the need for confidentiality and the responsible and informed sharing of personal information. If there are concerns regarding a child’s safety we would, having, where possible, initially identified our concerns with the parents/ carers, liaise with Social Care in accordance with Oxfordshire’s Safeguarding Children procedures. https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/report-child-abuse
Comments, Compliments and Complaints:
If you wish to make a comment , give a compliment or make a complaint about the service, please contact SENSS by any of these phone numbers (SENSS Central - 01865 323070, SENSS South - 01865 323070 or SENSS North - 01865 816970) and ask to speak to a senior manager. Or you can email the service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/comments-compliments-and-complaints-about-oxfordshire-county-council