GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING SERVICES FROM THE EDUCATION OTHERWISE THAN AT SCHOOL SERVICE (EOTAS)

Introduction

These guidelines are to be used by schools  and other agencies when putting together a request for services from the Education Otherwise Than At School (EOTAS) Service.  They also provide information about the processes used to deal with a request and the criteria used by the EOTAS Panel when reaching a recommendation. 

Principles

The key principles underlying the guidelines are:

Equity

The processes and criteria will have regard to issues of equity.  This means that decisions and recommendations should be made through processes which ensure equitable access to resources and provision. 

Inclusion

The City and County of Swansea has a principle of including children and young people within mainstream settings where possible.  Therefore the decision making processes will consider mainstream and re-integration placements before all others.

Partnership

The Children Act and the Children and Young People Plan places an emphasis on joint (multi-agency) working as well as working in partnership with parents, children and young people.  Recommendations will therefore take into account the need for joint working with other professionals and the need to seek the views and co-operation of parents, children and young people.

Welfare

Professionals working with children and young people must have regard to their welfare as a paramount principle.  In the case of pupils who are showing severely challenging behaviours there may be issues about the welfare of other children and young people in the school and the safety of staff, which need to be considered when making decisions.