The Social Care Team works with children and young people up to the age of 18 years with a disability, who are subject to the eligibility criteria. The team comprises of Social Workers and Family Support Workers and provides practical, emotional support, advice and information and undertake social care assessments.
The Team supports Children in Need and their families who have severe or substantial disabilities, specifically:
- A severe or profound learning disability
- A severe physical disability e.g. Muscular dystrophy
- A substantial degree of sensory impairment
- Complex Autistic spectrum disorder
- Other complex medical health conditions
The Team works with Children and Young people subject to Child in need (Section 17, Children Act 1989), Child protection procedures (Children Act 1989) and those who are subject to Looked after Children status or Leaving Care procedures.
We aim to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and young people in St Helens.
To do this:
- We support disabled children and their families
- We assess children when they may be in need
- We assess situations where children may be suffering abuse or neglect and taking action that will protect them
- We look after children who cannot live with their families
- We support young people as they leave care and live independently
In doing so we aim to:
- Improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in St Helens
- Ensure all children and young people in St Helens are safe and healthy
- Ensure children achieve their full potential to enjoy and contribute to their local community
- Support parents to care for their children, where it is safe to do so - recognising that families might need support to function from both children and adult services
- Work closely with other agencies to provide joined up services by improving communication, information sharing, co-ordination and common ways of working.