Children's Social Care

Introduction to Children's Social Care

Children’s Social Care is provided by Council of the Isles of Scilly Children’s and Family Services and a range of services are offered from pre-birth to transition to adulthood.

This can vary from Early Help - intervention/ family support, Children in Need and those at risk of significant harm.  For children and young people who have disabilities/ additional needs, an assessment is completed to determine if a child needs a short term, targeted piece of intervention or longer term support.

For children and young people without disabilities/ additional needs, short term family support can be offered to help families get back on track.  This could be from Children's Social Care alone, or as part of a multi-agency approach through the Early Help process.

If there is a concern about a child or young person's welfare, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care can do an assessment, and arrange multi agency Child In Need meetings to develop and review a child in need plan.  This plan would focus on improving the child or young person's situation.

If there is a concern about potential or actual harm to a child or young person, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care will do an assessment to look at the risk to the child or young person.

For children and young people who are not able to live at home, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care arrange where they would live, and ensure that they are taken care of.  Children's Social Care work with Cornwall Family Placements services to recruit foster carers and short breaks carers to ensure these children and young people have a family life. When necessary, residential homes maybe commissioned by Children's Social Care too.

 

When children/ young people in care are older and move towards independent living and adulthood, Children's Social Care work with these young people as care leavers to provide emotional and practical support.

Further information

Council of the Isles of Scilly Children’s Social Services

https://www.scilly.gov.uk/childrens-services/children’s-social-care

Contact

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483 

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

Children Social Services always strives to deliver a high quality service. If you feel you have been let down, or wish to make a complaint about the children's social services you can do so; urther details can be found here

Children's Services Privacy statement can be read here

 

Disabilities

About

 

The Council of the Isles of Scilly, Children and Family Services support children with disabilities and their families with a number of services.

Contact

 

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

https://www.scilly.gov.uk/childrens-services

 

 

Early Help

 

About

 

Every family goes through challenging times at some point. Early help means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems.

 

Early help is for everybody, for families with children and young people of any age. And it’s your choice whether to have it or not.

 

For full details of Early Help and how we can support your family see our Early Help Guide.

 

Where to get Early Help

 

If you feel you and your family might need support to solve some problems, you can ask someone in your life that you trust about early help. This might be a teacher or family support worker at your child’s school, your GP, your health visitor, pre-school/nursery worker. If you find this difficult, you can always contact Children’s Social Care.  We’ll work with you to find someone for you to talk to.  Sometimes if someone is worried that you’re having some problems, they might ask you if you would like to talk about early help.

 

Further information

 

http://scilly.gov.uk/children/early-help-disability/caf

 

Contact

 

Children’s Social Care

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483 

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

 

Child in Need

About

What is the legal definition of a child in need?

Under Section 17 Children Act 1989, a child will be considered in need if:

  • they are unlikely to achieve or maintain or to have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without provision of services from the Local Authority

  • their health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of services from the Local Authority;

  • they have a disability.

Disability includes for example sight and hearing impairment, mental health, etc.

Children in need may be:

  • children with SEND;

  • young carers;

  • children who have committed a crime;

  • children whose parents are in prison; or

  • asylum seeking children.

 

What is a Child in Need Plan?

A child in need plan will contain the support which is being provided to a child and/or family by Children’s Services and this will be discussed at a Child in Need planning meeting and reviewed.

 

Contacts

Children’s Social Care

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483 

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

Short Breaks

About

 

Short breaks are a part of support offered to disabled children and young people aged 0-17 years of age and their families on the Isles of Scilly.  

 

They aim to:

  • Support families by giving parents and carers a break from caring for a disabled child or young person

  • Ensure that disabled children and young people can take part in play, youth and leisure opportunities.

 

 

Further information

 

Short breaks statement, eligibility criteria and what is available can be accessed via the Council of the Isles of Scilly website, Children’s Social Care.

 

Contact

 

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

Siblings and Young Carers Group

About

The Siblings and Young Carers Group is for children and young people under the age of 18 who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities to look after one of their parents or a brother/sister with an illness, additional need or disability and/or are a sibling.

The Sibling and Young Carers Group gives children and young people the opportunity to meet other young carers in an informal way, giving them a break and an opportunity to enjoy activities.  The Young Carers Group offers activity sessions with the opportunity for children and young people to get to know others in similar situations, make friends and enjoy themselves. It gives siblings and young carers a safe environment where they can talk about their feelings, if they want to, and explore their experiences and emotions, in a supportive setting away from the family. The group undertakes activities, for example swimming, arts and crafts, going to  the beach or wildlife trips, giving a chance for young carers and/or siblings of children with additional needs or disabilities a chance at activities they may miss out on.

The aim of the group is for young carers and siblings to have fun and have a break, free from the added responsibilities at home. Young Carers  and siblings can also be supported if they wish to learn more about the disability or illness that affects their family.

Further Information

If you know a child or young person that you think may benefit from being part of the Siblings and Young Carers Group, please contact the Children’s Social Care team who will provide more information.

www.scilly.gov.uk/childrens-services/children’s-social-care

Contact

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483 

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

Parent Carer’s Needs Assessment

 

 

What is a Parent Carer's Needs Assessment?

 

The aim of a parent carer's assessment is to give you a chance to tell Children and Family Services about the things that could make looking after your disabled child easier for you.

The assessment focuses on you as a parent and your needs. We will discuss issues like the help you need, and whether there is anyone else who helps or if you are your child’s only carer.

The parent carer’s needs assessment will also consider your wellbeing, including health and safety issues, and important commitments like relationships and employment.

What the law says

The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act 1989 (sections17ZD, 17ZE12 and 17ZF). Under it, local authorities must assess parent carers if:

• ‘it appears to the authority that the parent carer may have needs for support’, 

  Or if they

• ‘receive a request from the parent carer to assess their need for support.’

The Act also says that:

A parent carer’s needs assessment must include an assessment of whether it is appropriate for the parent carer to provide, or continue to provide, care for the disabled child, in the light of the parent carer’s needs for support, other needs and wishes. (Children and Families Act 2014 section17ZD (9))

They must also take into account:

• ‘the well-being of the parent carer’

and 

• ‘the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of the disabled child cared for and   any other child for whom the parent carer has parental responsibility.’

 

The Wellbeing Duty (Children and Families Act 2014 section17ZD (10))

This ‘wellbeing’ duty is an important addition. It means local authorities must consider a person’s:

• personal dignity and respect 

• physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing

• protection from abuse and neglect

• control by the individual over day-to-day life

• participation in work, education, training or recreation

• social and economic wellbeing

• domestic, family, and personal relationships

• suitability of living accommodation

• contribution to society.

Who is eligible for a Parent Cares Needs Assessment?

If you are a parent looking after a disabled child and you have Parental Responsibility for that child then you can have a Parent Carer Needs Assessment. This includes non-birth parents, such as relatives who have gained Parental Responsibility for a child through a legal process.

The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 remains in force for other family members who are providing care to a disabled child. For example a grandparent, aunt or uncle who provide care, but does not have parental responsibility for the child. If this is the case you may be able to access assessments if you are providing substantial and regular care (usually defined as 35 hours or more care per week).

When can I ask for a Parent Carers Needs Assessment?

All parent carers have a right to ask for an assessment of their needs at any time. You can also have your needs re-assessed if you have had a previous Parent Carers Needs Assessment and your needs or circumstances have changed.

However, if your disabled child is having an assessment of their needs then this should also take into account the needs of the rest of the family members, including parents and siblings. It should consider your needs as a carer and your capacity to continue with caring. The Lead Professional who is working with your family should talk to you about whether you wish to be referred for a Parent Carers Needs Assessment in addition to them considering your needs as a carer in your child’s assessment, when planning services to meet your child’s needs and when reviewing their plan.

If your disabled child hasn’t had an assessment of their needs then you can request one from Children’s Social Care childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

You don’t need to have a diagnosis for your child to get an assessment or help from Children and Family Services. If your child needs help or support, an assessment of their needs can be completed by any professional who is working with your family via an Early Help Assessment. Alternatively, you can request an assessment of your child’s needs by calling Children and Family Services on 01720 424483.

How do I ask for a Parent Carers Needs Assessment?

Parent Carers can request an assessment by contacting Children and Family Services childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk or ring 01720 424483

How will the Parent Carers Needs Assessment be completed?

The social worker who has completed your child’s assessment will conduct the Parent Carers Needs Assessment.

The information you provide will remain confidential between you and the worker unless you share anything that they are concerned poses a risk to your child/ren, yourself or others. In these circumstances, they will be required to share the information with the Children and Family Services Manager

Once the assessment has been completed, the worker will consider any differences in this and the child’s assessment and if not covered in the Child in Need plan will complete a Parent Carer plan.

What will happen after the Parent Carers Needs Assessment has been completed?

Once the Carer Assessment and Support Officer has completed your assessment and plan, you may be entitled to certain services including short break services, carer support and services. This will usually be arranged through your child’s multi-agency plan and can be reviewed and updated if your child’s needs, your family circumstances or your caring responsibilities change.

It may be decided that there is no need for services, which could result in your case being closed with no further action taken. If you disagree with this decision you can challenge it using the Council of the Isles of Scilly Children's Social Care Services complaints procedure.  Please download How to complain about Children's Social Care Services leaflet or contact Children's Social Services for information 01720 424483.

What happens as my child gets older?

When disabled children and young people prepare for the transition to adult services it is important that their Parent Carers have support and appropriate services during this period. They have rights to an assessment under the Care Act 2014. This is called a child’s carer’s assessment ‘in transition’. When these assessments take place isn’t specified in the Act, but it states that they should take place when of most `significant benefit’ to the young person or carer.

Further information

Carers UK have information on a range of issues affecting carers on their website at http://www.carersuk.org/

Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children who provide information, advice and support including carer’s issues. You can find this at their website at http://www.cafamily.org.uk/

Isles of Scilly Parent Carer Group

 

The Isles of Scilly Parent Carers Group was established in 2009 and is a pro-active, independent forum of parent carers, run by parent carers, who all have children or young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  As members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums we support the development of parent carer participation, a process in which parents work together with professional to make improvements to local services.  We act as a conduit for a wide variety of local professionals in their work with children and young people with SEND.  

The Isles of Scilly Parent Carer's Group's purpose is to improve the services provided for our young people, aged 0 and 25 years.

We are a Parent Participation Forum enabling parent carers to participate in developing and influencing local services.  We work with service providers, individuals and organisations to bring real-life perspective and experience to the planning and development of the services that our families use.  We focus on helping to raise the standard of Social Care, Education and Health Services within and provided by the Isles of Scilly, to ensure that these services are provided in a way that meets the needs of all disabled children and their families locally.

The Isles of Scilly Parent Carer Group aim to meet regularly to use the unique shared experiences that they have gained in raising their own families to work in partnership with all agencies responsible for providing services to children with additional needs/disabilities in the Isles of Scilly, enjoy family fun days, have social evenings out and offer a peer support.

To become a member of the Isles of Scilly Parent Carers Group you must be a parent of a child or young person with SEND aged 0-25 and live in the Isles of Scilly.  We welcome members from across our islands.  Please email iosparentcarers@gmail.com to make enquiries or to request a membership form.  

 

Children in Care and Care Leavers

 

About

 

A Looked After Child (LAC) may also be referred to as a Child Looked After (CLA) or Child in Care (CIC), is a child in the care of the Local Authority for more than 24 hours, either:

  • through a care order made by a Court or

  • through a voluntary agreement with their parents to accommodate them.

 

They may be cared for in the following settings:

  • in a children’s home 

  • by foster carers

  • with other family members

  • in custody or a secure unit. 

A child stops being looked after when they are adopted, return home (unless still subject to a care order) or turn 18.

 

The Local Authority has a responsibility to all young people who have been in care for more than 13 weeks after their 14th birthday under Care Leavers legislation. This applies until they are 21 or in some cases 25.

 

The Isles of Scilly commissions a fostering and adoption service from Cornwall Council.  If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or adopter please find further information http://www.adoptincornwall.co.uk/

 

Contact

 

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483

Email:  childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

 

Website:  www.scilly.gov.uk/childrens-services/children-social-care

 
 

Support for those leaving Youth Custody

 

About

 

When a child leaves Youth Custody they automatically become a ‘Looked after child’ and become eligible for care leaving services.

For information on Care Leavers please see above section Children in Care & Care Leavers.

 

 

Contact

Children & Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

 

Tel: 01720 424483

Email: childrenssocialcare@scilly.gov.uk

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Children and Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre

St Mary's

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

Telephone: 01720 424490

Email: localofferscilly@scilly.gov.uk