The Intensive Support Function (ISF) comprises a team of professionals with different specialisms and disciplines, such as:
Specialist Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Practitioner, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, Assistant Psychologists, Associate Practitioners, Clinical Support Workers and Administration Support.
What we do
The ISF covers the Cheshire footprint, working with children and young people aged 5-18 with a diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or Autism whose complex behavioural needs challenge their support system to the extent that there is a risk of placement breakdown/hospital admission, and the clinical input required is above and beyond what LD CAMHS or CAMHS services are able to offer.
The ISF aims to enhance the support that is already provided by involved services, with key aims being contribution to identification and management of risk, multiagency planning and highly specialist assessment, where appropriate.
The clinical practice of the ISF is underpinned by the Values, Theory and Processes of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), a multicomponent framework that aims to establish effective and ethical support for people who present with Behaviours of Concern.
The ISF enhances the support that is already provided by LD CAMHS or CAMHS services, when the clinical input required is above and beyond what LD CAMHS or CAMHS services are able to offer. As such, referrals to the ISF can be made by any CWP professional who works with a child or young person that meets the eligibility criteria.