Children Services & Social Care
Resources, Information and Guidance
Are you worried about a friend, child or family member
If you suspect a child is being abused and you are a child, parent or member of the general public, Children’s Social Care can help and advise you on:
- 0151 907 8305 (Mon-Thurs 9 am – 5 pm, Fri 9 am – 4.30 pm)
- 0345 050 0148 (out of office hours and throughout weekends)
Childrens Social Care/Family Services
integrated Contact and Referral Team (iCART)
iCART is the integrated front door to children and families’ services. The team is comprised of multi-agency staff, including social care, early intervention, education, health and Police, therefore there is access to a wide range of information. The team accept safeguarding referrals and early intervention requests
Childrens Centre Support, What's On & Where are they?
Offer lots of children, parent/carers and family activities and services in your local community, with wheelchair access. Each Childrens Centre has an Activity Timetable that lists all the different services available. Activity examples:
- Family Health ClinicBaby Massage
- Sensory Rooms
- Breastfeeding Support
- Aqua Babes
- Weaning Support Sessions
- All Aboard! Speech and Language Group
- Health Engagement Officers – bridge the gap between health services and community support to help families, children or young people receive the right support at the right time
Runcorn Childrens Centres
- Brookvale Childrens Centre
- Halton Lodge Childrens Centre
- Halton Brook Childrens Centre
- Windmill Hill Childrens Centre
Widnes Childrens Centres
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970 – What is this?
- The CSDPA places a duty on local authorities to make arrangements for the provision of assistance for an eligible disabled person for adaptations to the home, or the provision of any additional facilities designed to secure greater safety, comfort or convenience. This also includes the provision of equipment.
- There is no age distinction under the CSDPA so it applies equally to adults and children. The National Service Framework also relates to Disabled Children and devotes one of its themes to ‘Equipment and Adaptations’ subsequently this also sets a number of standards. Disabled children and young people should have:
- The equipment and housing they need for their health, well-being, development and social inclusion; and for their families’ health and well-being;
- Access to the equipment they need in all the settings in which they find themselves.
- Children’s Services have responsibilities for ensuring that assessments of needs which might best be met by the provision of equipment and/or adaptations are carried out under the CSDPA.
- These assessments are usually undertaken by the child’s Occupational Therapists (OTs) on behalf of Children’s Services.
Children Act 1989
Children Act 1989 (CA 1989)
The Children Act 1989 (CA 1989) remains the statutory framework underpinning the local authority’s responsibilities and involvement with all children and their families. Disabled children can and should access services through Part III of the CA 1989. All disabled children are children ‘in need’ for the purposes of section 17 (s17) of the CA1989.
The duty on local authorities under s17 of the CA 1989 is to provide a range and level of support services for children in need in their area, where possible to support them in the context of their families.
All work with disabled children and their families in the context of the Children Act should be based on the following principles:
- The welfare of the child should be safeguarded and promoted by the provision of services;
- A primary aim should be to promote access for all children to the same range of services;
- Disabled children are children first;
- Recognition of the importance of the parent and families in children’s lives;
- Partnership between parents and carers and local authorities and other agencies;
- The views of children and parents should be sought and taken into account.
Equipment, Adaptations etc
How can the CSDPA help me?
Section 2 of the CSDPA gives Local Authorities a duty to assist disabled people (as defined by Section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948) with the provision of a whole range of services including equipment, adaptations, home helps, meals on wheels, etc. For example:
- Practical assistance in the home;
- Provision (or assistance to obtain) radio, TV, library or other recreational services;
- Provision of lectures, games, outings, recreational or educational activities outside the home;
- Provision of services or assistance in obtaining travel to and from the home to participate in any of the activities mentioned;
- Assistance in arranging adaptations or provision of additional facilities to promote “safety, comfort or convenience”;
- Provision of meals in the home or elsewhere;
- Assistance in obtaining a phone and any special equipment necessary to use it.
An assessment to find out the needs of the disabled child and his/her family must be carried out. This may be either by a social worker or a common assessment undertaken by a professional working with the family.
Requests for an assessment should be made by contacting the Integrated Contact and Referral Team (iCART) on 0151 907 8305. Out of office hours please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 050 0148
Learning from Case Reviews – Children with Disabilities and/or who are Deaf
Young Carers Right to an Assessment
Young Carers Right to an Assessment
Young carers have a right to an assessment of their needs separate from the needs of the person they care for (Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014) this includes:
- All young carers under the age of 18 regardless of who they care for, what type of care they provide or how often they provide it.
- A young carer has the right to an assessment based on the appearance of need – which means that young carers will no longer have to request an assessment or be undertaking a ‘regular and substantial’ amount of care.
- An assessment can still be requested but should also be offered.
- Local authorities must take a whole family approach to assessing and supporting adults so that young carer’s needs are identified when undertaking an adult or adult carer’s needs assessment.
Young Carers Strategy
Brighter Futures – Young Carers Strategy 2016-2019
Assessment Process for Young Carers
The Assessment would be carried out through the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) using the Halton Levels of Need Framework unless they already meet the threshold for Social Care involvement in which case it would be included in the Single Assessment Process. All Halton schools should have nominated member of staff to assist with young carers issues
Young Carers Referral Form and Leaflet
Young People's rights
The Council for Disabled Children and the National Children’s Bureau have developed two new websites to support children and young people to understand their rights.
Get Your Rights helps to explain to children and young people their rights when using the NHS
Information, Advice and Support Services Network is to help disabled children and young people with SEND to understand their rights for accessing information, advice and support across education, health and social care
Children & Young People with SEND/Disabilities
Disabled Children Service Pathway (Flowchart)
Disabled Children Services Pathway
What are Short Breaks
What are Short Breaks?
Local Authorities have a duty to provide short breaks for carers of disabled children to enable them to continue to care for their disabled child and to participate in everyday activities. These include:
- Day time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere;
- Overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere;
- Educational or recreational activities for disabled children outside their homes.
These services are available in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays.
Statement, Service Guide, Guidance and Review Documents
Short Breaks Statement, Service Guide and Personal Budgets
- Short Breaks Statement 2016-17
- Short Breaks Services Guide 2016-17
- Short Breaks and Personal Budgets Guidance 2016-17
Short Breaks Profile, Plan and Review Document
Short Breaks Video
Halton Short Breaks Video
Short Breaks Questionnaires
Disability Record Registration
What is this?
All Local Authorities are required by the Children Act 1989 to hold a record of disabled children and young people. The record is a list of children and young people in Halton (0-25 years) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and who receive, or may one day need to use the services from health, social services, education or the third sector (voluntary organisations).
If you require more details and /or you wish to complete a registration form please read the following information:
Halton SEND Partnership IASS
Is a statutory service which delivers independent, impartial advice, guidance and support to children, young people and their parents around matters relating to special educational needs and/or disabilities; including matters relating to health and social care