This page tells you about social care services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families.
A small number of people need this kind of help. Despite the name, learners with Education Health & Care Plans do not often need ongoing social care support.
Social Care is provided by two main services, although they do have specialist teams too:
- Children’s Social Care, including teams for Disabled Children, Looked After Children and Care Leavers.
- Adult Social Care
Social care also help to provide or arrange short breaks, respite or direct payments for families.
Children’s social care (0-18 years)
Where a child or young person has been assessed as having social care needs in relation to their SEN or Disabilities social care teams:
Adult social care (18 years or older)
- provide early years providers, schools and colleges with a contact for social care advice on children and young people with SEN and Disabilities
- arrange provision under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970 when it is necessary and specified in an EHC Plan
To find out more contact the Disabled Children Team at 01670 516131 or Adult Social Care at 01670 536400
To find out more about support for adults with disabilities please click here.
We hope you find these documents helpful:
- Young people with SEN or disabilities turning 18 may become eligible for adult social care services, regardless of whether they have an EHC plan or whether they have been receiving services from children’s social care.
- The Care Act 2014 sets out when young people are approaching, or turn, 18 and are likely to require an assessment for adult care and support.