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.
- 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
- 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.
Requesting a referral
- Request a referral to the Children's Sensory Team via the CST Referral and Consent form
- Provide an updated medical consent via the CST Medical Consent Form
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
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
Further information on Children's Sensory Team
- Children's Sensory Team detailed information about the service
- What to do if you suspect your child has a hearing or vision impairment?
- Possible signs of school age children having hearing difficulties
- Possible signs of school age children having vision difficulties
- What do you do if you feel that your child has social, emotional and mental health difficulties?
- Information about the roles of the staff who work in the Children's Sensory Team
- What is Habilitation for children with vision impairment?
- A leaflet about the Children's Sensory Team
- A leaflet about Early Years and the CST
- Useful contacts for other organisations or companies for hearing impairment and vision impairment
Children's Sensory Team Events
Courses for professionals
- Professionals can also see the courses available via Support Services for Education (SS4e) portal. Direct link on SS4E for the Children’s Sensory Team: https://ss4eharrow.uk/Services/6484
Courses for young people and/ or their families
(Children’s Hearing Services 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 and meet three times a year.
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:
If you would like to ask a question please submit it via the CHSWG online form or use the QR code below:
Additional resourced provision
Harrow schools with additional resourced provision for children and young people with hearing impairment
Cedars Manor School
Tel: 020 8428 5845
Hatch End High School
Tel: 020 8428 4330
There are no Harrow additionally resourced schools for children and young people with vision impairment.