Somerset Portage Service

Main contact: 

Kayleigh Storey - Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist

Telephone number: 

01823 334475

Email: 

KStorey@somerset.gov.uk

Address: 

Somerset Portage Service
C/O County Hall
The Crescent
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4DY

External website link

Somerset Education Support Services

Service description

Our Service is managed by Inclusion Somerset and funded by Somerset County Council.

There are 2 Senior Portage Home Visitors and 10 part-time Portage Home Visitors who are split between 4 areas, Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Taunton & West Somerset.

Intervention takes places through home visits or in a focus group, depending on the needs of the child. 

Children with the most complex needs are prioritised for a home visiting intervention.  An Educational Psychologist will make an initial visit to the family in order to better understand the child’s strengths and needs and develop outcomes for the intervention.  A Portage Home Visitor will then visit on a weekly basis for up to three terms.

Focus group are held weekly for approximately one term.  Children are selected for this based on the need in the area.

We also run 5 ‘Stay and Play’ sessions across the county for families to access while receiving or waiting for a Portage intervention. 

Referrals are usually made by a professional involved with the family (e.g. health visitor) using an Early Help assessment (EHA).  New referrals are then discussed at a multiagency meeting to decide on the best course of action.