Here is the response from the RCOT on professional standards
Thank you for contacting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). The Royal College wants its members to fully engage with The Children and Families Act 2014 and provide the best quality contributions to Education and Health Care Plans to identify what children want and need to achieve and what support is needed to realise this. In order to do this, we endeavour to provide our members with various ways to engage in this in different formats to provide the right advice and information and to assist with ensuring that they are skilled and competent to contribute to Education and Health Support Plans. We do this through:.
- Web resources e.g. We have a dedicated ‘Childhood to Adulthood’ webpage for our members which includes the following information:
Balancing what is important to a child/young person (to lead a fulfilling life) with what is important for the child/young person (become or stay healthy, happy and safe).
Guidance for the occupational therapy contribution to writing Education, Health and Care plans
- Education, Health and Care Plans (PDF, 469.1KB)
- Example occupational therapy Education, Health and Care Plan contribution report template (DOCX, 43.86KB)
- Occupational therapy contribution guidance notes (PDF, 534.85KB)
- Accompanying slides from webinar video below (PDF, 1.39MB) The slides to accompany the webinar can be downloaded below.
There will be transitional arrangements for children and young people who have existing statements and information can be found on the GOV.uk website.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has developed two ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ documents to assist occupational therapists in defining and presenting occupational therapy involvement for children and young people who have education, health and care needs including contributing to joint plans and tribunals.
- Through resources such as webinars. This webinar video below provides practical advice for teachers and school staff in supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in schools from an occupational therapy perspective.
- Through training and education. We run a week’s course for children’s therapists on skills required to practice effectively, focusing on effective occupation focused outcomes for children. This course includes writing EHC plans
- Resources for Supporting Practice which draw upon latest evidence in the field – We call them SPEAR topics Supporting Practice- Evidence and Resources (SPEaR)
- Specific Clinical resources for RCOT Members
- The role of sensory integration in occupational therapy (PDF, 2.75MB)
- Diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder (PDF, 133.13KB)
- Legislation, policy and research related to housing for individuals with autistic spectrum disorder and challenging (June 2014) (PDF, 4.59MB)
- Dedicated staffing resource to support occupational therapists working with children, families and Young people. RCOT also has a Professional Advisor post, specialising in Children, Young People and Families, and another dedicated to Professional Practice Enquiries who can advise members regarding their queries and they provide 1:1 guidance related to each individual client.
- Members of the public, who contact the College for advice
The Professional Advisor for Children, Young People and families and the Professional Practice Enquiries Officer are available to answer any queries from members of the public and provide advice tailored to their query.
- Outward facing activities by the College
RCOT believes that it is important that members of the public and other stakeholders, e.g. teachers are also able to access information related to occupational therapy.
The information below is also available to members of the public via RCOT’s You Tube channel:
- Writing outcomes for Education, Health and Care Plans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgV4fDfoKA
- Practical advice for supporting children and young people with SEND in schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ5cziMM3Io&t=2s
RCOT has also worked in collaboration with the Council for Disabled Children https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/ to produce the following guidance:
Our professional Advisor in collaboration with Pearson’s has produced a webinar specifically focusing on Practical Advice for supporting children and young people with special needs and disabilities in schools: an occupational therapy perspective. This webinar has a clear focus on the content of EHC plans.
Professional Advisor – Professional Practice Enquiries Service