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Council Services:

Services and Provision

Lincolnshire County Council’s Children with Disabilities Team are able to offer different services and provision for children and young people with a disability. Listed on this page are services that may be available to those that are eligible after having an assessment. For more information on how to access these services and how to have an assessment please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111.

Haven Cottage and Strut House

Haven Cottage based in Boston and Strut House based in Lincoln are overnight Short Term Breaks residential homes and are registered to provide care and support for children aged between 5 and 18.

There is a process to follow to access this service and it begins by a Social Worker completing an Assessment of Need. If the outcome is for Short Term breaks out of the family home due to a significant level of support required by an individual, this recommendation has to be agreed by the Children with Disabilities Resource Panel before this service may come online.

The teams working within Strut House and Haven Cottage comprise of a Homes manager, Team Manager and Residential Care Officers and they focus on ensuring that children and young people have the opportunity to access social inclusion activities, be provided with support to develop their day to day living skills and have some fun during their stay.

The staff team work closely with all agencies involved with a child or young person to maximise the benefits and opportunities of children and their families.

Family Links Scheme

The Family Links scheme provides children and young people with the opportunity to access overnight short term breaks within the family setting. This service suits children and young people who particularly enjoy all aspects of family life and interacting with others on a regular basis. We have a group of specialist foster carers throughout the county who have been specifically trained and approved to look after children with disabilities. The foster carers are also supervised on a regular basis and the care they provide reviewed.

Direct Payments

Direct Payments can be awarded to a child or young person in lieu of direct social care services provided by the Children with Disabilities Team.

The process for assessing a child or young persons level of need is exactly the same throughout the Children with Disabilities Service and begins with an assessment of need being completed. If the outcome of that assessment identifies that services are required in order to ensure that the child or young persons social care needs are met then a method of receiving services is via Direct Payments.

Direct payments can only be used to purchase a service that meets the identified needs of the child / young person. Furthermore, it can only be used to purchase services that directly support the child or young person such as a carer to assist with personal care needs being met or to accompany the child or young person in the community and enable them to access social inclusion activities. Direct Payments cannot be used to pay for services such as transport costs or entry fees for activities.

Short Breaks Universal Provision and Targeted Services

The majority of children in Lincolnshire who require services will receive them through universal provision within their local community. The same should be true of any child with a disability. Universal provision, for example sports clubs, youth clubs, libraries and children’s centres, are really important in ensuring children and young people with disabilities have fun and enjoy themselves with friends, just like all children and young people. Short Breaks Universal Provision is completely self referral and parent/carers should contact providers directly for any further information that they require.

For some children and young people with disabilities it is not appropriate for them to only access Universal Services. They may have more complex needs or have other issues which mean Universal Provision is difficult to attend. Short Breaks Targeted Services are specifically aimed at children with disabilities and/or a sensory impairment. The services are supplied by a third party organisation. The services that are available include After School Clubs, Holiday Clubs, Community Groups and a Befriending service. Short Breaks Targeted Services are also self referral, but may require an assessment by a third party organisation before your child can use the services.

More information about Short Breaks and other services that they provide can be found on the Short Breaks webpage.

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: 7 April 2014

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