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The Children's Sensory Team (CST)

We work with children and young people from birth to 25 years, with hearing and / or vision impairment. We can work with them in their homes, play-groups, nurseries, schools and colleges.

You can watch our video about the service in British Sign Language (BSL).

What does the service provide?

We are a team of qualified teachers with experience of working both in mainstream and special schools. We provide training for specialist qualifications in hearing impairment or vision impairment. The team also includes other specialist sensory staff with additional qualifications.

We can:

  • offer support and advice to families about their child's sensory impairment
  • provide assessments regarding the child or young person's sensory impairment
  • write advice and provide strategies to support children and young people in their learning and development
  • provide specialist equipment when needed
  • teach Braille and British Sign Language as appropriate
  • train teachers and other professionals about sensory impairment
  • liaise with parents and other professionals
  • provide awareness-raising sessions for peers
  • attend meetings and reviews
  • signpost families to other services

How do I access the service?

We have an open referral system. This means that pupils, parents / carers and professionals can all refer to us.

The child or young person being referred must:

  • have a vision impairment or vision difficulties and /or have hearing impairment or hearing difficulties
  • be between 0 and 25 years of age
  • live in Harrow

or

  • live in a different local authority but attend a Harrow educational setting without an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)

Once referred, the child or young person with sensory impairment will be assessed by a specialist teacher in order to identify if support is required from the Children's Sensory Team.

If the young person is, a Harrow resident of 16- 25 years and attends a Further Education College without an EHCP, their college will provide advice and support or request to buy Children's Sensory Team (CST) services. 

Independent educational settings must pay for the service received from the CST. A service can only be offered if the CST has capacity to provide this service. This flowchart illustrates the pathway to service.

 

Provide an updated medical consent via the CST Medical Consent Form

Mobile devices

If you are completing these forms via a mobile device please ensure you have the Abode Reader app installed. You can get it from Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for iPhone.

Harrow Children's Sensory Team (CST) Charges

Who pays for the service?

In most cases the CST services are free for Harrow’s young people who meet the required criteria. However, the services are charge to the education setting for if the child fits either of the following descriptions:

  • the child is a Harrow resident, who attends an independent school and does not have an Education, Health Care Plans (EHCP); the educational setting will have to pay for the CST services
  • the child is a Harrow resident, who attends a further education college and does not have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP); the college will have to pay for the services

If your child meets either of these descriptions please complete the CST charged services request form

Contact us

Harrow Children's Sensory Team
Harrow Council, Civic Centre 5 & 6, Station Road, Harrow  HA1 2XY
Tel: 020 8051 8370
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For deaf or partially hearing callers, we welcome communication via email, fax, text or by using the Text Relay Service
Tel: 0800 731188
Textphone: 0800 500 888
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Further information on Children's Sensory Team

Children's Sensory Team Events

Courses for professionals

Basic Sign Language Course: Children and young people with hearing impairment and/or vision impairment 5 week (40 minutes a week) online course. 
Harrow Children’s Sensory Team (CST) invite you to attend a free course on Microsoft Teams. This course is in high demand! Please fully commit to all 5 sessions. Only pick one course below.

The course takes place at 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm each Monday for approx. 40 minutes.

  • Course A 10th 17th 24th 31st Jan & 7th Feb 2022, book course A
  • Course B 21st, 28th Feb 7th, 14th, 21st March 2022, book course B
  • Course C 25th April 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May 2022, book course C
  • Course D 6th, 13th, (Not the 20th June) 27th June , 4th July & 11th July 2022, book course D

For further enquiries please contact the Children’s Sensory Team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note:

  • All information sent to the CST will be held securely by Harrow Council.
  • Cameras must be on throughout the course or you will be asked to leave the session.
  • There is no opportunity to change the date.
  • You will only receive a certificate of the course if you have attended all 5 sessions.
  • There is not an opportunity to retake the course with the CST due to high demand for places.
  • If you are unable to attend, please let us know so your place can be offered to others.

Thank you. 

Courses for parents

Basic Sign Language Course: Children and young people with hearing impairment and/or vision impairment 5 week (40 minutes a week) online course. Harrow Children’s Sensory Team (CST) invite you to attend a free course on Microsoft Teams. This course is in high demand! Please fully commit to all 5 sessions. Only pick one course below

The course takes place at 10 am to 10:45 am each Monday for approx. 40 minutes

  • Course A 21st, 28th Feb 7th, 14th, 21st March 2022, book course A BSL
  • Course B 6th, 13th, (Not the 20th June) 27th June, 4th July & 11th July 2022, book course B BSL


For further enquiries please contact the Children’s Sensory Team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: 

  • All information sent to the CST will be held securely by Harrow Council.
  • Cameras must be on throughout the course or you will be asked to leave the session.
  • There is no opportunity to change the date.
  • You will only receive a certificate of the course if you have attended all 5 sessions.
  • There is not an opportunity to retake the course with the CST due to high demand for places. 
  • If you are unable to attend, please let us know so your place can be offered to others.

Thank you.  

Dates for next CHSWG meetings

(Children’s Hearing Screening Working Group)

Children’s Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs) ensure that the services for deaf children and their families in your area work together to provide the best support possible. They are based in health authority areas in England.

Parents of deaf children, as well as any other service users, and professionals who provide services for deaf children, such as teachers of the deaf, audiologists, and speech and language therapists. NDCS also attends many CHSWG meetings.

All meetings are via MS Teams links and are scheduled to run between 10am to 12pm

  • Thursday 23rd June 2022
  • Thursday 24th November 2022
  • Thursday 2nd February 2023
  • Thursday 22nd June 2023
  • Thursday 23rd November 2023

 

If you are a parent or carer please register here to join the CHSWG meetings and the links will be sent to you. Alternatively use the QR code below:

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If you would like to ask a question please submit it via the CHSWG online form or use the QR code below:

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Additional resourced provision

Harrow schools with additional resourced provision for children and young people with hearing impairment

Cedars Manor School
Whittlesea Road
Harrow
HA3 6LS
Tel: 020 8428 5845
Website: www.cedarsmanorschool.co.uk

Hatch End High School
Headstone Lane
Harrow
HA3 6NR
Tel: 020 8428 4330
Website: www.hatchend.harrow.sch.uk

There are no Harrow additionally resourced schools for children and young people with vision impairment.