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Social Care and Early Help

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Social care and early help

Children and young people with disabilities have the same rights as other children and we want to make sure that we are able to offer the correct support, to ensure they have the same opportunities as other children.

The 0-25 Disability Service is responsible for assessing the needs of children and young people up to 25 years old.

The Early Help Teams will work with families where the child, young person has moderate to complex additional needs, and it is agreed with parents and carers that the most appropriate support is a whole family and multi-agency approach.

How do I access an assessment and services?

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Children with disabilities are regarded as children in need and as such are entitled to an assessment of needs by a social worker.  Depending on the level of need there will be a range of services and support that can be provided. 

For children with minimal needs the 0-25 Disability Service will provide advice and refer to a provider. 

If further help is needed the case may go through an Early Help Assessment

For children with significant additional, complex and acute needs a children and families assessment may be undertaken.

What services and help are available?

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Services can be provided directly by the council or purchased through Direct Payments.

However, these direct payments can only be used to provide short breaks for parents or social opportunities for the young person. The family are responsible for identifying their own person to undertake this work. 

An agreement has to be signed and the monitoring arrangements will ensure that these directly arranged services still meet the identified outcomes from the Education Health and Care plan.

Thresholds for children with additional needs

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Information on eligibility criteria for children with disabilities can be found in the Eligiility
Criteria for Children with Disabilities.

Short breaks

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Short Breaks provide opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to spend time away from parents and carers within quality services.  Short breaks also provide parents and carers with breaks from their caring responsibilities and facilitate quality of life by enabling families to access places and activities together.

More information can be found on the Peterborough Short Breaks Service Statement.

Support for carers

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The Children and Families Act 2014 gives young carers a right to assessment and
to have their needs met.  

The rights of parent carers have also been addressed within the Children and
Families Act. The council has a duty to provide an assessment to a carer of a
disabled child aged under 18 if it appears that the parent carer has needs, or the
parent carer requests an assessment.

Carers Trust has produced a briefing on the Children and Families Act and its key provisions for young carers, young adult carers and their families. 

Further information can be found by visiting young carers and parent sections of the Children and Families Act

Early Help

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Support from Early Help can be accessed through the completion of an Early Help
Assessment. The Early Help Assessment, previously known as the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is an assessment tool used by a wide range of professionals working with children, young people and families who may have additional needs within the arena of Early Help.

The Early Help Assessment process will help to identify additional support and co-ordinate the support around the family.

In order to make referrals to more specialist services easier, the Early Help Assessment EHA can support families to access support, help and advice whilst waiting for the appropriate specialist intervention.  More information can be found on the Early Help pages.

Transforming Care

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Homes, not hospitals

Transforming care is all about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Transforming care will mean that fewer people will need to go into hospital for their care. This means that we can close hundreds of hospital beds across England.  To do this we are making sure that services in the community are much better.  You can find out more on our Transforming Care  page.

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