Referral process:

All enquiries should come to ATFC via your schools SENDCO and be emailed to

Stage 1: Selection process

At the beginning of each academic term, ATFC's Therapy selection board meet to work out how many children we can offer therapy to. Once ATFC is able to confirm that they are able to accommodate extra children they will notify each school.

If ATFC feel that the child being referred requires a different intervention than those being offered it will help the SENDCO by referring them on to another organization that may be able to assist.

Stage 2: Meeting your therapist

ATFC will send one of its therapists to meet with the school SENDCO and to observe the child in class and at play. 

Stage 3: Arranging a convenient time to receive therapy

Once your school has received confirmation from ATFC  who will be receiving therapy; the school will send consent forms to parents, and ATFC will send a therapist to your child's school to observe your child in class and at play. Following on from these observations the therapist will liaise with the SENDCO to work out a time to do the therapy which will have as minimum impact on their core subjects as possible; and then meet with the children to do an initial one to one assessment.

Stage 4: Child development history & baseline

Assuming that you and your child want to continue with therapy after the initial assessment; the therapist will contact your child’s teacher(s) to complete an assessment form, and then meet with you  the parents to complete an additional assessment form and to speak to you about your child’s developmental history.

Stage 5: Interim review

After 6 weeks the therapist will arrange to meet with you, the parent(s) and your child to assess how the therapy is going and to establish if your son/daughter requires a longer intervention. This session also provides an opportunity to review how the therapy is going and to discuss any issues or questions that may have arisen.

Stage 6: Ending

At the end of the therapeutic intervention the therapist will give feedback to parents and teachers and repeat the baseline to ascertain how effective the intervention has been.

Additional information


Arts Therapies for Children DBS checks and takes several references on all of its therapists and provides this information to your school before any of its therapists begin working with children.

Professional indemnity insurance

All therapists employed by ATFC have their own professional indemnity insurance which will be sent to the school in question before any work begins.


All therapists are supervised by approved, experienced and qualified supervisors to ensure you’re your child receive the best therapy possible.


All therapists employed by ATFC will are members of the HCPC and are legally bound not to disclose any confidential material.


Any safeguarding issues are reported immediately to the child protection officer at each school and the therapist’s supervisors before any therapist leaves the school premises on the day of the disclosure.  

School ethos / dress code

All therapists will be fully briefed on each schools ethos and will be expected to dress and behave accordingly.