In the Home (Childrens Social Care)


PLEASE NOTE: Equipment, communication, hearing and/or vision support to assist your child’s education is dealt with through a different policy/procedure (a web-link to this information will be added shortly)

Childrens Social Care Equipment is for disabled children to support daily living skills in the Home.  This will include things like:

  • Seating
  • Chairs
  • Mobility Equipment
  • Support for Bathing and Showering
  • Beds/Cots

PLEASE NOTE: All Play Equipment will not be funded.

Referral Pathway

Do you think your child needs special equipment for daily living or support for their communication needs?

You can complete a short and simple online self-assessment via the AskSARA website, which asks about your child’s needs.

You may also be asked to consider any difficulties you have in assisting your child, as this may be a contributory factor in suggesting equipment, for example, you may have a back problem which affects your mobility or ability to lift.

Following completion of the self-assessment, the AskSARA website will provide an impartial advice report about equipment, simple no-cost approaches and hints/tips that could support your child’s daily living needs.

The advice report can be viewed online and/or printed out for your information.

If equipment is suggested, the report will include the cost and links to possible manufacturers and providers.

If you think you need equipment, you will require an assessment by a Children’s Occupational Therapist (OT).

Ring Halton Borough Council’s Contact Centre on Tel: 0151 907 8306 to request a ‘Referral for equipment by a Children’s Occupational Therapist’.

Assessment Process

You will be contacted by the appropriate Therapy Service or Health Professional to complete an assessment or healthcare screening.  The service will recommend the appropriate equipment or support for your child will be made.

PLEASE NOTE: Equipment, costs and manufacturers that the AskSARA self-assessment suggests may differ to the outcome recommended through the specialist assessment.  If you wish to use the suggested equipment via AskSARA you can purchase the equipment yourself.

Supporting Information

Living made easy 

For Education

Education Pathway/Process

Hearing Impairment – your first point of contact will be a health professional e.g. GP, midwife, health visitor etc to access the NHS Children’s Audiology Service

Communication – you should complete the Speech and Language Referral Form to request a specialist assessment via ChatterBug

Visual Impairment – your first point of contact will be either a health professional e.g. GP, midwife, health visitor or qualified optician to arrange eyesight screening

Other educational equipment required to support and meet the needs of children and young people’s education – your first point of contact will be the guidance outlined within the Enhanced Provision and/or The Graduated Approach & Dimensions for Learning areas on the Education section – Useful Information & Documents

For queries regarding educational equipment please contact the SEND Inclusion Service Specialist Teachers and/or Assessment Team the contact details for both teams can be found on the Education, Health and Care Plan section

In the Community

Resources & Information

Wheelchair Service information

Housing and Adaptations

In this section you’ll find information about the

  • Minor and Major Adaptations
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and Halton Home Improvements Agency
  • Dropped Kerbs, Vehicle Cross-overs, Driveways, Disabled Parking Bays and Blue Badge
  • PropertyPool Plus (PPP)
Personal Budgets

Wheelchair Personal Budget

Education Personal Budget

Making it Personal Video Clip

Short Breaks Guide

Continuing Healthcare – Health Personal Budget

Personal Health Budget video