The Children with Disabilities social care assessment service is designed to support children in need and their families who have severe or substantial disabilities, specifically :
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a severe physical disability
- a substantial degree of sensory impairment
- complex Autistic Spectrum disorders
- complex Social Communication disorders
- other complex medical health conditions.
The function of the social care service is to provide support to disabled children aged 0 - 18 years and their families. Areas of support include:
- Multi-disciplinary assessments of needs of children and their carers.
- Children and families assessments, carers assessments
- Safeguarding disabled children subject to child protection (CP) and section 47 enquiries.
- Support to disabled young people who are looked after or care leavers.
- Provision of section 17 support services.
- Key worker and lead professional role.
- Short breaks overnight provisions through Abbeyford, and the short break carers services
- Transition planning and assessment in preparation for adulthood.
- Commissioning services and allocating direct payments.
- Direct support and contact with children and young people. Providing practical and emotional support and information, based on assessed needs.
- Care proceedings and pre court protocol work
- Care planning and review.