Social Care Support
Social Care for Children with SEN and disabilities is delivered by the Children with Disabilities (CWD) service.
There are two Social Care teams in the service based at Ray Lodge:
The Early Intervention Team
The Early Intervention team provides early help for a child. Providing early help for a child who is disabled and has specific additional needs is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.
Early intervention means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. For example, specialist Autism Social Workers provide specific support and advice including the Early Bird programme that is designed to help parents of children under 5 with a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder and Early Bird Plus, for children diagnosed during the primary school years.
The Children with Disabilities Social Care Team
The CWD Social Care team offers long term support for children with more complex conditions such as:
- life limiting conditions
- children where safeguarding is an issue
- children that are unable to live with their families
Each team consists of Contact & Assessment Workers who will work with the family to develop package of support to support the family. This could, for example, involve care providers working in the home. Contact & Assessment Workers also run a range of groups and support activities that where parents and carers can develop particular skills and strategies to support their child.
Referrals to the Social Care Service
All new referrals within Redbridge are received by the Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) who then identify the relevant social work team to support the family. Based at Albert Road Children’s Centre in Ilford, the CPAT team has an early intervention service and has a specialist Children with Disabilities worker whose role is to offer advice, guidance and signposting to children deemed to have mild and moderate disabilities. This worker also carries out CAF (Common Assessment Framework) assessments and organises Team Around the Child meetings to ensure all professionals working with the child are supporting the family appropriately. If a child’s condition is, or becomes, ‘severe’ or ‘profound’ then it can be ‘stepped up’ to the Children with Disabilities team for more intensive support.
Both the CWD and CPAT Early Intervention services work closely together despite being located at different sites in Redbridge and have developed a good working partnership with one another.
Social Care for children with SEN and disabilities in Redbridge supports children up to the age of 16. At this point, members of the Transitions Team will work with the young person and their family to plan the type of support they will need in preparing for adulthood.