Specialist services are available for children, young people and their families when their needs cannot be fully met by universal and/or targeted services. The need for specialist services may have been identified via the completion of a Common Assessment (CAF). If a CAF has not been completed it may be appropriate that this is considered initially prior to specialist services being accessed.
If a request is accepted for specialist services, an assessment of need will be undertaken by a qualified social worker within the Complex Needs Service. This is a holistic assessment that will involves communicating with the child/young person, parents and all the professionals that are involved with the family. The assessment will identify the needs of the child, young person and their family and how these can be met. The assessment may include recommendations about types of services that could assist in meeting the identified needs. Examples of some of the services that may be recommended include:
- Direct payments;
- Individual support worker;
- Overnight short breaks in a family placement setting (LINK), residential setting or within the family home.
All services are reviewed with children, young people and their families at least every 6 months to ensure that they are meeting identified needs.
If you would like to find out more about specialist services please speak to your lead professional (if there is a CAF in place). If there is not a CAF and you would find this beneficial please follow this link. If you would like to make a request for specialist services please telephone the Contact Centre on 0113 2224403.