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Council Services:

Assessment Process

Within 24 hours of a referral being made to the Customer Service Centre a Social Worker will be allocated to complete an assessment of need. The assessment can take up to 45 working days to complete but can be shorter in duration if it is identified that there are currently no unmet social care needs and other agencies would be more appropriate to offer support.

Using the Signs of Safety Model, the social worker will need to find out information about the child, young person and their family in order to help decide what sort of help and support they may require.

The National Assessment Framework as seen below, is a tool that is used to ensure that all areas of a child’s life is considered during the assessment process with the child being central to this process.

Assessment Framework

The social worker will seek parental consent so that other agencies can be contacted as part of the assessment process and the assessment will always involve the child and family, listen to their views and encourage them to contribute and take part. Information will be gathered and written down during the assessment and kept on the child’s electronic file.

Any information given to the social worker will usually be held in confidence within Children’s Services. If there is a need to discuss the information with anyone else, the social worker will normally ask permission from the child, if they are old enough, and/or their parents.

The only exception may be if information comes to light which, in the social worker’s opinion, may indicate a serious threat to the welfare of the child. If this is the case, the child and the parents will be told what their rights are in the situation.

When children are old enough to take part in the assessment, the social worker will encourage and help them to do so. The assessment will take into account the ethnic and cultural background of the child and their family. If required, help can be provided so that everyone can speak their first language during the assessment.

Once the assessment is completed it will be shared with the family and any feedback / comments will be recorded. If the assessment recommends that services are required due to the impact of the child / young person’s presenting disability then it is likely that the following types of services may be recommended;

  • Direct payments - to meet an agreed outcome
  • Support may be a ‘time limited’ outcome focused piece of work
  • Assistance with personal care via a directly commissioned provider (spot purchase) or Direct Payments
  • Overnight Short Breaks provided by Lincolnshire County Council
  • Early Help (Family Support) for a specific piece of support to be provided
  • Emotional and practical support organized through the child’s named social worker to address a presenting issue.
  • Safeguarding child protection plan where appropriate
  • Making sure the child is safe will be the social worker’s first concern. Please ask the social worker to explain this if you don’t understand.
  • Everyone has a right to know what is happening when they are being assessed.

Once the assessment process is completed and if services have been agreed, the Social Worker will arrange for regular statutory Child in Need reviews to be undertaken so that we can ensure that your child’s needs continue to be met. Part of this statutory ongoing process includes the Social Worker undertaking regular visits to see your child at home, school and where applicable at the short break setting.


Short Breaks Services Statement

Future developments in the Short Break services for children and young people who are disabled and/or sensory impaired and their parent/carers.

Download it here

Short Breaks

Information for families of children with a disability and/or sensory impairment.


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Last updated: 4 April 2016

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