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Emerging Needs and Social Communications Pathways

The revised Pathway has been drawn up following over 2 years of consultation with families and professionals about their experiences of the process of assessing their child’s emerging needs, including social communication difficulties, and the services and support they accessed.

If a professional raises a concern with you about the development of your child’s social communication skills the following process will apply:

  • You will need to provide consent to the professional for them to proceed with a referral to the Emerging Needs Pathway
  • As part of an assessment for a social communication need, you and your child will be referred to Early Help who, with your consent, will work with your whole family to support you. They will also contribute to the
  • assessment where appropriate.
  • An Early Help Practitioner will contact you to explore the concerns
  • A Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting will be held within 6 weeks of allocation of your case.
  • A plan to support you and your child will be agreed.
  • A package of support will be agreed and can take place at home, school or in the community;

For more information view the following downloads for options for support;

- Emerging Needs Pathway
Parent and Carers Emerging Needs and Social Communications Pathway 
Professionals Emerging Needs and Social Communications Pathway


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Local Offer


What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

This service is for Wandsworth's parents/carers and families of children/young people with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

  • Parent/carer support is available to all Wandsworth residents regardless of the child/ young person’s educational placement

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Last updated: 09 Oct 2020

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