It is purposeful, using techniques rooted in psychological theory. It can be applied with individuals, and groups across a range of areas.
It is a helpful process for initial meetings, as well as for agreeing decisions about the intervention/s.Consultation is also ideal for reflecting on intervention and also reviewing next steps.
Consultation helps participants to clarify the issue, recognises what is already working well and facilitates joint solution-finding. Participants take ownership of the issue and it enables them to develop skills to help manage similar situations in the future, thus enhancing their own competency and resilience.
The evidence base for consultation highlights that it leads to improved outcomes for participants, including adults and children/young people.
When used in schools, it sits well with the SEND Code of Practice by supporting the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process.