Schools work with a variety of other services to provide support for pupils, especially those who are most disadvantaged. Collaboration between services addresses a range of issues, such as school attendance, mental and physical health and child protection.

Where a problem is noted and appears to be escalating, early intervention strategies are used. These frequently require services to work together to support the pupils in question and their families.

There are statutory requirements for a number of health issues in schools and while most support services are available free of charge to schools in the maintained sector, this is not the case for academies and independent schools. In some cases, it is possible for these schools to buy into LA provision but where this is not possible, an independent provider must be used.

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