Physical Difficulties

Request for Access to Babcock LDP Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Advisory Service (updated Oct 21)

Advisory Service for Children with Physical Difficulties

Who do we support?

Most often the CYP seen will have an EHCP issued for the primary need of (exceptional) Physical Difficulties.

Other children aged 3-19 can be referred and these tend to be pupils who may be in the process of statutory assessment, or who have some lesser degree of physical difficulty which is significantly affecting their access to the curriculum.

The Referral Pathway

To make a referral please use Request for Access Form at the top of this page. See below for the eligibility criteria.

If you have queries as to whether a referral is appropriate, please email us.

The Physical DifficultiesTeam considers referrals for support directly from schools, settings and health. A referral meeting is held fortnightly (term time) where each case, with supporting evidence e.g. Graduated Response is considered. At the referral meetings there are representatives from all Babcock SEND teams: Sensory Impairment, Physical Difficulties and ICT, Communication and Interaction, Social and Emotional Mental Health. If one or more SEND need is identified during the meeting the opportunity for joint working ensures that the individual needs of the child or young person are met. Please use the Request for Access form.

Process after the Referral

Once a referral is accepted letters will be sent to the referrer / school / setting informing them of the decision made at the meeting. Contact will normally be made within 3 working weeks (term time only).

School/Setting Visits

We visit children and young people (CYP) aged 3-19yrs who have a primary need of complex physical difficulties in mainstream schools and settings. When we have seen the CYP we provide a report and give advice to their teachers and teaching assistants regarding their access to the whole curriculum.

This can include looking at particular areas of need such as:

  • Physical access to buildings and to practical lessons in conjunction with Occupational Therapy colleagues
  • PE curriculum in conjunction with physiotherapy colleagues
  • Recording sometimes in conjunction with ICT/SEND Advisory Teacher colleagues
  • Maths due to spatial and perceptual difficulties
  • Timetabling changes because of fatigue
  • Positioning in the classroom
  • Social opportunities
  • School trips
  • Moving and handling
  • Intimate Care
  • Risk assessments
  • Transition between phases

Consultation without a visit

Sometimes schools / settings require general advice or about certain elements of educational inclusion for CYP and we can discuss this over the phone or via email giving advice which will then not give rise to the need for a visit. This can include issues about:

  • Equipment
  • School trips
  • Exam arrangements
  • Signposting to other services
  • Health and Safety, fire evacuation etc.


We offer training on a number of issues related to the inclusion and support of CYP with physical difficulties. Including:

  • Moving and Handling Training including Risk Assessment, writing Handling Plans and devising Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans
  • PE for CYP with SEND
  • Motor Co-ordination Difficulties including Dyspraxia
  • Fine Motor Skills including Handwriting
  • Emotional Logic - a self-help approach to understanding and using your emotions positively
  • Disability Awareness

Additional training available to all settings offered through our e-shop. 

DCC Local Offer: Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria & Support Allocation Matrix for Babcock LDP Physical Difficulties Team


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