The Kent CAT Service provides highly specialist multi-agency assessments and funds AAC equipment for children in Kent. It is jointly funded by Education, Health & Social Services.
Recent evaluation of the service has acknowledged that there is a need to provide flexible and extended support to children's families in order to empower them to help their children. Service delivery has historically been within the school setting, with occasional home visits.
This paper discusses the new Kent approach to working with family members. A pilot project was run in conjunction with the BECTa project, overseen by The ACE Centre, Oxford. A series of morning sessions were held in a Children's Centre in one area of Kent in the Spring of 2011. The many benefits of working with families in this way will be shared from both parental and professional perspectives.