Referrals and enquiries come from a variety of sources, and follow differing routes to admission, but a typical process is as follows:
1. The family and/or the local authority recognise that a child’s current circumstances are not meeting their needs;
2. An investigation of alternative solutions will be undertaken, usually involving an informal chat and visit to Sunfield by the family and/or local authority;
3. Sunfield will send a team of professionals to meet and assess the child’s needs in their current environment;
4. If it is agreed that Sunfield can meet the needs of the child, the family and local authority will formally discuss a placement at Sunfield;
5. An agreement will be reached about a placement at Sunfield, or the local authority may require further evidence to support an application;
6. If Sunfield can meet the child’s needs, we will inform the local authority and supply a cost for the identified package;
7. The local authority will apply for funding to secure the placement at Sunfield;
8. Once funding is agreed, we will begin the placement planning process, including preparing for the transition, with the family and the local authority.
Transition to Sunfield is tailored to your child’s needs. Our team will initially visit the family home, and spend time with your child in their current environment, to establish key relationships and develop an understanding of their preferred routines. Your child will also have an opportunity to visit their new house/class at Sunfield prior to the move, if you feel this will be helpful to them. However, if they are unable to visit Sunfield for any reason, we will continue to focus on visiting them, and using preparation tools – such as a social story or photo book of the staff and the children they will be joining – to build confidence and familiarity before they come to Sunfield. Rest assured, we will work with you and your child, at their pace, every step of the way.