The majority of medical referrals received relate to young people of secondary age suffering from specific mental health problems which prevent them from accessing mainstream education. These typically include depression, self-harming, suicidal ideation, anxiety disorder and other serious mental health difficulties.
Schools make a referral to the LA via the SEND department using a referral form, attaching supporting letters and reports from CAMHS, hospital or GPs. If other agencies are involved in the young person’s care, their reports will also be included. The referrer will also indicate what actions have already been taken by the school to support and accommodate their pupil’s needs.
On receipt of the form and documentation, SEND will consult with the MNU Coordinator to see if there are places available and if the MNU can meet the needs of the referred young person. This decision will then be communicated back to the referrer and confirmed with the headteacher.
If a place is agreed, the MNU Coordoinator will contact the parent, arrange a visit and start the integration process.