Childrens Social Care Equipment in the Home - Criteria
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:
- Mobility Equipment
- Support for Bathing and Showering
PLEASE NOTE: All Play Equipment will not be funded.
Childrens Social Care Equipment in the Home - 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’.
Childrens Social Care Equipment in the Home - 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.
Childrens Social Care Equipment in the Home - Providing Equipment
Following the Assessment, the Council will fund equipment that is the most cost effective to meet the individual needs of your child.
This may differ to the outcome recommended via the AskSARA self-assessment. If you wish to use the suggested equipment via AskSARA you can purchase the equipment yourself.
If you agree with the most cost effective option
The Council will:
- Source, purchase and provide the equipment on your behalf;
- Be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and repairs of equipment it purchases.
If you disagree with the most cost effective option
If you wish to use the suggested equipment via AskSARA you can choose one of the options below:
- Purchase the equipment yourself – you will be SOLELY responsible for ongoing maintenance and repairs for this equipment;
2. Seek alternative funding or a Disabled Facilities Grant. These may help cover the difference in cost above the most cost effective amount that the Children’s Social Care will fund.
- The Council will make arrangements with you to pay the contribution towards the equipment you purchase. If you choose this option, you will be SOLELY responsible for sourcing, purchasing, ongoing maintenance and repairs for this equipment.
- The charity/alternative funding will make arrangements with you to pay the top-up amount for the equipment.
- A Direct Payment paid to you. The Council will make arrangements with you to pay the contribution towards the equipment. If you choose this option, you will be SOLELY responsible for sourcing, purchasing, ongoing maintenance and repairs for the equipment;
- An Arrangement which must be specified in the child/young person’s support plan and may be referred to as a ‘notional budget’. The option is managed by the Council who will be responsible for sourcing, purchasing, ongoing maintenance and repairs for the equipment on your behalf.
Equipment - Impartial Websites, Parents' Forum & Helpline
Education - Equipment & Support
A web-link to the Education Policy regarding equipment, communication, hearing and/or vision support to assist your child’s education will be added shortly
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
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
Halton Borough Council and the Independent Living Centre
Specialist Equipment and Adaptations information
Woodview (Child Development Centre)
- Information about Woodview can be found on the Health section, in the A-Z of Services under Woodview
Halton Integrated Community Equipment Service (HICES)
Can provide specialist equipment, some equipment will be in stock at the Halton Integrated Community Equipment Service (HICES). if not available in stock or a specialist item a request is sent would be submitted to the Special Equipment Panel for funding. Some equipment is unable to be funded through social care which would require independent or charitable funding to be explored.
Wheelchair Service provide mobility equipment for use inside and outdoors