Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is in the Education and Partnerships Directorate. The EPS supports the development and learning of children, adolescents and young people aged 0 – 25.

Educational Psychologists (EPs) are psychology graduates with extensive experience of working with children and young people. We undertake post graduate/doctoral training in educational psychology. All EPs are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and are entitled to register for chartered status with the British Psychological Society.

What do we offer?

The EPS supports schools and other educational settings through service level agreements. Every state funded school in the borough has a named Educational Psychologist who will provide psychological advice as part of an Education, Health and Care needs (statutory) assessments.

The EPS can help schools to raise achievement and deliver positive outcomes for children and young people. The service offers consultation, psychological assessment and review, evidence based intervention and staff support to promote the inclusion and well-being of children and young people. Educational Psychologists are skilled in carrying out research, supporting organisational change and delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

The EPS also works with families of children under the age of five where there is a concern about their development. An involved professional will have notified the local authority of their concerns. Each children’s centre in Tower Hamlets has a link Educational Psychologist who provides parenting support to families in the local area. The EPS works closely with partners in the local authority such as the Support for Learning Service, Social Care and the Parents’ Advice Centre.

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How is the service accessed?

Educational Psychologists can be contacted through Tower Hamlets educational settings. Parents who are concerned about their child should talk to the school in the first instance. To contact your local school or provider, please refer to the schools webpage.

Our casework begins with someone sharing a concern about a child or a young person’s progress, development or emotional well-being. Children under the age of 16 are never seen individually without their parents’ written consent. Children over the age of 16 and in education can refer themselves for our involvement.

Referrals are made through schools and children’s centres using the following forms:

  • Request for EP involvement
  • Early help assessment (EHA)
  • Children’s centres use the universal referral form
  • Post 16 self-referral form.

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