Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT)
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Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT) is based at Brent Civic Centre. The team supports Brent mainstream maintained schools working with children and young people (CYP) up to the age of 16 years who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or up to 19 years if the CYP attends sixth form in a mainstream school.
The service supports all children and young people with a diagnosis of autism who attend Brent mainstream schools and pre-school educational settings. BOAT also supports some out of borough placements where the Brent resident child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan. If a non-Brent student has an EHC plan, then they are usually supported by the local authority in which they reside.
If the student is a Brent resident attending an out of borough provision, and does not have an EHC plan, they will not be supported by BOAT.
School-age children and young people attending independent or specialist school settings (such as additionally resourced provisions or special schools) are supported by that setting, and not BOAT.
BOAT offers a range of support including the following:
- Observations of the child or young person (CYP) in their setting
- Face-to-face discussion with CYP and staff supporting them
- Offering actions and recommendations to settings
- Attendance at annual reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings to support target setting
- Liaison with a range of professionals
- Disclosure sessions with students (with parent/carer consent) for CYP in understanding their diagnosis
- Peer support work: training for peers in small groups/whole class discussions (with parent/carer consent)
- Modelling and sharing of information on the lego© programme
- Inset training for staff tailored to the needs of the setting
- Facilitation of an online autism network group for professionals
- Recommending resources for the CYP/staff/school environment
- Transitions days to support 11 plus and 16 plus transition
- Post diagnostic parent training sessions
- Telephone and email support
- Termly newsletters for families and settings
- Home visits in exceptional circumstances - initial visit requires two professionals to be in attendance
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Referrals and information sharing
Referrals can be made directly to the team by any professional working with the child or young person. Referrals cannot be accepted from parents. All referrals require confirmation of diagnosis and signed consent from parents/carers.