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Council Services:

Referral guide and eligibility criteria

The Early Support Care Co-ordination (ESCO) service is available for children with disabilities within Lincolnshire and can provide a service for children and young people between the ages of birth to 18 years while unmet care co-ordination needs are present from their disabilities.

This can include:

  • Long term complex health needs including those with disability
  • Life limiting conditions and palliative care
  • Cognitive, sensory and/or physical impairment that significantly impacts on daily living
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Children and young people whose behaviour is associated with other impairments such as severe learning disabilities

The needs of the child/young person will be complex and require targeted input from a designated Key Worker from the ESCO team to remove the barriers and address the unmet needs. This could be at key points in a child/young person’s life such as beginning nursery or transition into secondary school and thereafter adulthood. It may be that a health professional has recently shared the news to parents which leads to significant emotional distress or feelings of being overwhelmed as they begin to negotiate the system.

To make a referral a professional working with the child needs to complete the Early Help Assessment form (found below), followed by a telephone call to our Customer Service Centre. Any professional working with children and their families can make a referral to Lincolnshire’s ESCO service.

The completed Early Help Assessment form should clearly detail all aspects of what is working well, what is not working well and what needs to happen, including details around the child’s unmet needs and information about professionals working with the family. The Parent or Guardian of the child must give permission for the completion and submission of the Early Help Assessment form and should be involved in its completion.

Once the Early Help Assessment form is completed the professional completing the form needs to contact the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111 and request a referral to the ESCO service. The Customer Service Centre advisor will ask some basic details about the child and their family and log the request.

The Customer Service Centre advisor will then provide an email address for the ESCO service for the completed Early Help Assessment form to be sent to.

Once we have received the Early Help Assessment form and confirmation of the phone call to the Customer Service Centre has been sent through, the Early Help Assessment form will be screened. The professional who requested ESCO involvement will be contacted by the ESCO Practice Supervisor with the outcome of the screening.


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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: 9 May 2016

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