Making A ReferralMaking A Referral

When making a referral for a young person there are just 5 Easy Steps to follow. Our referral process is efficient and ensures that all the relevant information can be gathered to provide an accurate assessment so that we can make a decision on whether the young person is suitable for the setting and if so, we can tailor the learning experience to each individual needs.

Step One - The Referral

The Referral Form must be downloaded for completion by the relevant body, for example, School, Local Authority, Fair Access Panel or CAMHS. These can be downloaded below and are available as a PDF or a Word Document.

There are two versions depending on the service you would like to refer to. 

Referral Form for ADO River Valley School - HERE>

The form needs to be emailed back to, either password protected or via secure email services like EGRESS switch secure for example.

The form needs to be emailed back to, either password protected or via secure email services like EGRESS switch secure for example.
Documents can be attached including any EHCP, relevant therapeutic intervention reports or previous educational provision reports that will be relevant for review and planning of the child or young person’s learning programme. The information requested within the referral form covers the following areas:

♦ Data Collection Including Medical & Psychological Background ♦ Previous Or Current Therapy Interventions ♦ Subjects Of Interest Relevant To The Learning Programs Available ♦ Short & Long Term Life Goals ♦ Social & Family Background ♦ Details Of Educational History & Achievements ♦ Current Educational Difficulties ♦ Effective Management Strategies In Use

Once we receive the information back the office administration team will be in contact to guide you through the next steps.

Step Two - Service Level Agreement

We contact you to discuss the case and requirements. We can also cover off any finer details required that may influence the referral. Before any services are offered an SLA will be sent to be authorised by the relevent individual or team responsible for the referral of the child or young person.

The SLA forms the contract between ADO River Valley and the relevant body and by signing it means you are agreeing to the terms and conditions, including the financial terms.

The SLA will be emailed over to the professional making the referral and the individual named on the referral form as the person to handle the invoicing.

Once the SLA is signed and returned to us, we can raise an invoice and send it over for the upcoming assessment, the next stage.

Please ensure that as part of the SLA, the main contact for invoicing, has set up ADO River Valley on their accounts payable in house procurement system. Any delays in payment may mean your account could be put on hold and the child or young person will be stopped from attending.

Step Three - The Assessment

Our assessments provide a quality of service to ensure that we have all the necessary information to meet expectations of all stakeholders. There are two parts to the assessment, the first being an online assessment and the second part a practical assessment.

The assessments are chargeable and must be paid in advance in most cases as follows:

Digital Assessment - £75  ♦ Two-Day Practical Assessment - £684  ♦ Combined Cost - £759 

The Digital Assessment

The digital assessment follows on from the referral process and more in-depth information can be found HERE>

The Practical Assessment

The Practical Assessment is based at ADO River Valley, in Welling. This is for the potential student to attend for our 9am-3:30pm day as a trial and this occurs over two days.

More Information on Assessments can be found HERE>

Step Four - The Review

Following on from the digital and practical assessments, the Headteacher will liaise with the team to determine how the assessments went. The Head will determine whether our site is suitable for the student and that we can ensure their, other students and staff safety on site. It may be deemed that our site will have too many risks for the student, so it would not be suitable for them as they would be putting themselves in too much risk. In these cases, our Therapy Day Service could be more suitable.

Step Five - The Agreed Duration and Offer Of A Place - The Admission

Following a successful review of the assessments, the young person will be offered a place at ADO River Valley, subject to availability.

Each week includes therapeutic sessions, which might be a group activity or 1:1 support, depending on the requirements of the student.

Get In Touch

If you would like to make a referral, please download the ADO River Valley Referral Form and email to ADO River Valley securely either by using document password protection sent by separate mail or a secure mail system such as Egress.

Please send the completed Referral Form to

Referral Form for ADO River Valley School - HERE>

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