Social care

This page tells you about social care services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families.

Updated 24 March 2021

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

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Worried About a Child or Young Person

This page tells you what to do if you are worried that a child or young person is at risk of harm.

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Social work teams

This page explains the support available from the local Social Work teams and how to access it.

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Disabled Children’s Team (DCT)

This page shares the work that the Disabled Children’s Team do, who they are able to work with and how to access their support.

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Moving to adult social care

This page explains the support available from the Adult Social Care teams and how to contact them.

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Early Help Teams

This page tells you about the support of the Early Help teams and how to access it.

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Northumberland Adolescent Services

Here you will find information about services for young people provided by Northumberland County Council.

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Short Breaks

Here you will find Northumberland’s Short Break Statement and information about the Short Break Service including how to access it.

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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: 
  • 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 

Adult social care (18 years or older) 

  • 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.