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Fact Files for Early Years and Fact File for School Age

The Integrated Therapy Service for Children and Young People in Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has developed two highly innovative resources designed to support professionals who work with children and young people in Somerset, in order that they will have a greater understanding of children's development and the ways they can help children, young people and their families. 

Both Fact Files contain information on:

  • Typical development of babies, children and young people in the areas that fall within the expertise of Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

  • How to identify common and acceptable variations in children and young people's development

  • How to decide which babies, children and young people may need additional support to promote their development

  • Practical Advice Sheets which professionals can share with parents/carers

  • When and how to refer for specialist assessment by the Integrated Therapy Service

General principles of the Fact Files

Many children and young people will show difficulties at some point in their development but most will progress given the right environment and simple strategies used by those around them. The Fact Files are intended to give practitioners who work with babies, children and young people the information and confidence to be able to meet their needs and advise their parents and carers. Early identification of children needing extra support is vital but this does not always mean early referral.

A small proportion of children and young people will require specialist support from the Integrated Therapy Service to enable them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do. The Fact Files will help you to identify which children or young people may require this specialist support.

Who may use the Fact File for Early Years and Fact File for School Age?

Both Fact Files are available as printed copies from the Integrated Therapy Service and, together with these electronic versions, are for the use of partner services and agencies in the children's workforce in Somerset and for Somerset families.

For this purpose, any part of the Fact File for Early Years and Fact File for School Age may be reproduced by photocopier or other means and such copies should be exclusively for use with children and their families within the Pre-school, School, Health or other public sector service by the service or organisation that has been provided with copies of the Fact Files by the Integrated Therapy Service or that provides a public sector service to children and young people in Somerset. All the contents remain copyright.

Other organisations or individuals who may wish to use the contents of the Fact File for Early Years or the Fact File for School Age must first contact the Integrated Therapy Service in Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for agreement to purchase these resources. The reproduction or transmission by such organisations or individuals of all or part of the Fact File for Early Years or the Fact File for School Age, whether by photocopying or storing in any medium by electronic means or otherwise, without the written permission of the owner, is prohibited. Commission of any unauthorised act in relation to the Fact File for Early Years or the Fact File for School Age may result in civil or criminal actions.