Early Intervention and Identification (Paving the Way)

Paving the Way is Cognus’ early intervention service.  It provides a menu of support for children and young people, parents and carers, and schools.  These difficulties that cause barriers to engagement in learning, social interaction, and achieving their full potential.

The criteria for referral are:

  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Anxiety difficulties

Support for children and young people

Paving the Way provides one-to-one and tailored support for children aged 5-11 attending a school in Sutton. Targeted support includes individual sessions working towards agreed results for the child. Other support may include group sessions, screenings as necessary, request for additional services, and signposting useful information and resources.

Support for parents/carers

We offer a range of support for parents/carers.  Support includes themed parent child holiday workshops, parent coffee mornings and individualised support.  Individualised support may include advice and signposting to additional services.


Links and factsheets to support:

Government adviceMental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

Sutton Uplift – Talking therapy for adults: https://www.suttonuplift.co.uk/

Off the Record – Free counselling service for children for young people aged between 11-18 years: https://www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/counselling/

JigSaw4U – A charity that provides a wide variety of services across the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton: https://www.jigsaw4u.org.uk/

Sutton Parents and Carers Forum – A group for parents and carers with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): https://www.suttonparentsforum.org.uk/


We also offer a range of additional traded bespoke services. Please email earlyintervention@cognus.org.uk for further details.

Please note: The referral form should be completed by a professional with signed parental consent.  Additional information should be given where appropriate.