The Outreach Team are multi-agency teams which bring together a range of professionals who are working to support schools, families and children (aged 5 to18), who present or are at risk of developing emotional, behavioural and/or attendance problems. Teams include professionals from the fields of education, social care, health and other areas.

The focus of BEST (Behaviour and Education Support Teams) work is identification, prevention and early intervention, in order to promote emotional well-being, positive behaviour and school attendance.

Referrals can be made for:   

  • Children who would benefit from individual counselling work
  • Joint work with parent and child
  • Individual work with parents or work with parents in a parenting group setting


Key Aims of Service
  • To provide strategic behaviour Outreach support to schools and co-ordinate individual casework with a view to reducing exclusion by supporting children to stay in their schools
  • To prioritise schools that would benefit from a behaviour audit conducted by the Outreach leads
  • To provide Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) Outreach services to children permanently excluded from Lambeth schools ensuring that they are well supported 
  • To assist with reintegration to schools at the earliest appropriate opportunity following exclusion
  • To assist schools to avoid excluding children by providing support, advice and guidance including advice to headteachers and behaviour leads
  • To consider approval for Managed Transfers to Lambeth AP Academies for children to avoid exclusion, provide confirmation of outcomes of requests and to provide rationales for decision making where declined



The range of work carried out by Outreach

Family therapy

Parenting programmes

Family support where family issues are impacting on the child’s ability to access the curriculum and benefit from education

Individual work with pupils

Consultation with staff



Individual referrals of children to Outreach

The referral route is linked directly with the Multi Agency Team using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

All individual referrals for work with a pupil must be made on the CAF

Any individual referral made will be assessed to ensure that services are not already deployed through any of 3 MAT planning areas.



Service Delivery - How will this be achieved?

  • Monitor, support and challenge schools on effective behaviour management strategies and whole school policies to ensure schools are judged Good or better for behaviour support by the LA and Ofsted and to reduce exclusions
  • Provide behaviour and reintegration support and guidance on a whole school basis in addition to individual pupils who are at risk of exclusion who may have social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Provide information and casework evidence for Fair Access protocols to be followed to achieve mainstream reintegration
  • Supply suitably trained staff who will support admission and the reintegration of pupils to mainstream school locations ( two for primary and two for secondary)
  • Raise standards of inclusion within mainstream locations via staff development/training/support and guidance
  • Utilise early intervention support alongside statutory processes enabling the needs of pupils to be met in a swift manner and without the need for a 20 week process via coproduction with the SEN team
  • Work with pupils, their parents and carers and their schools around behaviour management issues and via Managed Transfers in order to assist the reintegration of children into mainstream schools (FAP - relaunch)
  • Seek alternative placements when locations are full or when a pupil cannot attend the main locations due to specific reasons
  • Meet the statutory requirement of securing provision for sixth day placement and, when in extreme cases this is not possible, reasons would be given in writing
  • Support with new style Fair Access panels with the ideology of a balanced allocation of complex cases
  • Advisory Teacher will run behaviour lead network meetings for us – at least once a long term
  • Participation in new project 'positive approaches to reducing exclusion and behaviour management Black Caribbean pupils’
  • PLT will also offer whole school behaviour audits



To view the Outreach report for 2016/17 please select the following link: Outreach Report

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