Some Options

NHS Provision:

Children's Services
0-25 Services (used to be called Disabled Children's Team)
For Whom:
Families without a Social Worker/ Case Worker
For What:
Information and support - e.g. what support is available regarding social care provision for adolescents,
Ms Berri Sandford: 0-25 Services Worker: Direct line: 01438 843221

Your GP
For Whom:
All families
For What:
Information, medication, referrals to specialist services

Social Services

For Whom:
Families with a Social Worker already
For What:
Support with issues around your child's welfare and social issues
Your allocated social worker or the general number on 0300 123 4043

Collett School

For Whom:
All our families
For What:
Support with educational, social and developmental needs of your child
Angela Fox Family Liaison Worker or, your child's class teacher

Child Protection:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs Kasia Fejcher-Akhtar

<National and Local Family support lines

Collett's Family Liaison

Family Liaison

Pre-Social Services
  • CLA & PEP
  • EHCP Contribution
  • Mediation
  • Interventions links for parents


  • Direction for personal support for families and parents
  • Development of information that supports parents
  • Guidance

Pastoral Support for Parents

  • Parent health support and guidance
  • Parenting Strategies guidance
  • Signposting to other services
  • Shorter term support
  • Facilitating support between parents and other professionals
  • Listening Service
  • Short or longer term support for parents

Collett's Psychotherapy

Mrs Angela Fox works at The Collett School as our Art Psychotherapist in residence. She is also a trained counsellor, working with children and adults.

Work with Children at The Collett School

  • 1:1 Art Therapy
  • Group Therapy


  • Short term interventions
  • Employee counselling

For Counselling for Parents and Carers, Look up the Counselling Directory to find a local counsellor

Feedback to Adults

  • Information on child's thinking
  • Supporting the child's emotional needs
  • Development of strategies for teachers and parents

Collett's Mentoring Programmes

Work with Children

  • 1:1 Mentoring with Angela Fox

Work with Adults in School

  • Informal support
  • 1:1 Mentor-coaching for employees
  • Attachment Theory strategies and support
  • Psychological awareness support
  • Teacher Professional Support Mentor-Coaching
  • Teacher and TA training

Gade Schools Family Support

Gade Schools Family workers provide support for any member of the family who has a caring role for a child or young person who attends The Collett School and other local schools.

The aims of Gade School Family Support are:
Empower families to improve their lives
To support parents to increase their confidence and self-esteem
To support parenting strategies

The service is free, confidential and non-judgmental. Our school's family support workers are Judi Hardy and Ruth Mason, who are available by contacting 01442 278774.

Gade Schools Family Support's Website:

*New* Gade Parenting courses September to December 2017

Gade School Family Support Safeguarding Statement

Gade Schools Family Support Child Protection Policy and Procedures

SENDIASS Hertfordshire

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
The Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and young people and children with SEND, providing information and advice on:

SEND local policy and practice – what actually happens in Hertfordshire?
  • the Local Offer – what services are available locally?
  • personalisation and personal budgets – how are services tailored to individual needs?
  • legislation on SEND – what does the law say?
  • options and routes to resolve a disagreement or make a complaint, including mediation – what happens when there is a problem?
  • the Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and those in the process of developing a plan – what does this mean?
  • independent support

  • help you think about your contribution for any assessment
  • inform you of various routes of support including one of Hertfordshire’s Independent Supporters if you are going through an EHC needs assessment or transfer review
  • help you prepare for a meeting and have an effective say in any discussions
  • signpost you to relevant local and national sources of information, advice and support
  • attend a meeting, or make a visit when appropriate
  • meet with parent support groups and forums
  • offer a range of training and events which are focused on SEND related topics.

Two new websites have been launched recently for Children and Young people with SEND:

You can also find information for Young people in Hertfordshire on Channel Mogo.

Karen Edwards - Lead SENDIASS Adviser
Beckie Walsh - SENDIASS Adviser
Tanya Dance - Lead Information Officer
June Anderson - Information Officer
Simone Stevens - Information Officer
Catherine Geering - Independent Supporter
Cathy Reilly - Office Administrator / Independent Supporter

Who to Contact
Telephone 01992 555847
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 3pm, Friday 9.30 - 2pm

County Hall
Pegs Lane
SG13 8DQ

Referrals are not required to access this service.