Support for disabled children and their families
Care and support and the coronavirus outbreak
We are very conscious that the outbreak of the coronavirus may affect the ability of carers to support the borough’s disabled children in the coming weeks, which may place a strain on family resources. We are working closely with our care providers to confirm the contingency plans they have in place.
Similarly, we recognise that families using direct payments might not be able to pay their regular worker right now due to isolation or illness. We aim to be flexible about this and will work with families on a case by case basis to meet your child’s individual needs.
DCS social workers are carrying out welfare checks with families and liaising with other services such as schools who may be offering you support.
If you require support around the use of direct payments or in relation to queries or concerns about the support being provided by care agencies, please contact your social worker by phone or email, or contact us on 020 8356 6789 so we can help think with you about the best way forward.
The disabled children’s service is a specialist social work service based at Hackney Learning Trust.
- provides social care support to children and young people with impairments and their families
- provides support early on before a situation has time to develop and have serious consequences for the disabled child, or young person, and their family
Social model of disability assessment
We use a social model of disability to assess how we can help families. This looks at the whole person and their family, by carrying out an initial assessment, carer’s assessment and transition assessment for post 16s, to evaluate the impact that impairments and difficulties have on their right to enjoy an ‘ordinary life’ and access the same opportunities that non-disabled children take for granted.
If there are high risk concerns, these are referred to the children in need or looked after children services based at Hillman Street.
For those families where it is agreed that they can have a care support package, this can be through a named provider or by direct payments. They can also be referred to other services for family support and early help, for example, play schemes, leisure activities and voluntary organisations.
Short break scheme
In addition, the short break scheme is administered in conjunction with the disabled children’s service in which Hackney’s children and young people in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA) at medium or high rate are able to access their local short break core offer. For more information see short breaks.
We also provide transition services (age 14-18) and all young people using our services will have an assessment at age 16 as a referral mechanism to assess their eligibility for adult social care services.
In addition, our targeted health outreach team work with young people age 14-19 who are expected not to be eligible to access adult social care services. This would include people with autism without a learning disability, people with moderate learning disabilities and those who have a SEN statement (Statement of Educational Need) or an EHC Plan (Education and Health Care Plan).
They provide support and advice around health and well-being, transitioning into further education and increasing independence into adulthood. The work is person centred and supports the young person to achieve their own goals eg. be more independent, travel training and accessing activities etc. The team also run a weekly youth club at Forest Road for 14-18 (up to 25 for those with SEND) year olds, a weekly fitness session in a Better leisure centre, and a monthly film club for young people with autism. They also provide activities during school and college holidays and co-produce workshops based on health.
Contact the targeted health outreach team on 020 7014 7176 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information and to make a referral.