The following services are available to children, young people and their families in Northumberland.
Click on the links below or contact your child’s social worker for more information on any of these services.
Family aid work
Family aid workers visit families in their own homes to:
- provide opportunities to affect change in managing challenging behaviour
- develop confidence and skills in managing challenging behaviour
The work may also include:
- development of routines
- safe caring strategies
- financial guidance
- the raising of home hygiene standards
Home support care for disabled children & young people
Home support carers offer families a regular and valued break from their caring responsibilities by:
- taking a child/young person out into a community setting
- caring for the child/young person in their own home, while the rest of the family go out
The aim is to reduce social isolation and stress for the whole family, allowing each family member to take part in things they may not normally be able to access.
Task-centred carers work with children and young people (aged five to 18) outside the family home, accompanying them to access everyday activities under safe supervision and guidance.
The care worker provides the child/young person with practical and emotional support, and empowers them to develop their:
- social skills
- ability to interact with adults and other young people
This could include:
- taking the child/young person to sports and leisure clubs
- allowing them to participate in activities they are interested in and wish to join in with their peers
Supervised contact for looked-after children
We have a duty to promote contact between looked-after children (aged up to 18) and their parents, relatives, friends and other people connected with the child. Contact supervisors facilitate the contact between children and their families.
Play and activity schemes for children/young people with disabilities and additional needs
Play and activity schemes provide an opportunity for children and young people to participate in a range of term time and holiday activities.
Groups for young carers
These groups provide an opportunity for young carers to participate in a range of term time and holiday activities.
Overnight support care
The overnight provision service offers breathing space for children and families experiencing difficulties. It also provides a break for children in foster care and families of disabled children/young people.
It can also provide an effective intervention to support families to:
- remain together
- reduce the risk of children/young people becoming looked-after and/or being excluded from school and other services