Children's social care

Request an assessment

To request an assessment call 01522 782111.

Within 24 hours of a referral being made, a social worker will make a decision about which team is most appropriate to assess the needs of your child.

Should this be us, a social worker will be allocated to complete an assessment of need.

We will:

  • seek parental consent so that other agencies can be contacted as part of the assessment
  • ensure that if children are old enough they are encouraged to take part in the assessment
  • take into account the ethnic and cultural background of the child and their family
  • provide help so that everyone can speak their first language during the assessment

If information comes to light where the social worker believes there is a serious threat to the welfare of the child, the child and the parents will be told their rights.

Once the assessment is completed it will be shared with the family and any feedback or comments will be recorded.

The social worker will also make regular visits to see the child at home, school and where applicable at a short break setting.

If the outcome of the assessment identifies that services are required to ensure that the child or young person's social care needs are met then a method of receiving services – may be, for example via Direct Payments


We have employed the Equality Act 2010 definition of a disability.

Lincolnshire has further defined children with disabilities adding:

  • the child may be vulnerable because they have ongoing health needs arising from the disability, which require nursing care and supervision
  • the child may be vulnerable in ordinary day to day situations without the supervision because of his or her disabilities
  • the child may have a level of physical dependency in terms of his or her day to daycare needs which substantially impacts upon the family or carers
  • the child may have behavioural or emotional difficulties arising out of his or her disability

Children may be assessed through our Early Help team, Social Care teams and/or the Children with Disabilities Team.

In order for a child or young person to be considered for support from the Children with Disabilities Team, a number of things are considered. 

Disabled children meeting eligibility for specialist services will usually be in receipt of high rate DLA in care and mobility components. 

Appropriate referrals to the team would include:

  • severe learning disabilities
  • severe physical disabilities
  • severe developmental delay in motor and/or cognitive functioning
  • profound multiple disabilities
  • children will have a severe, substantial, and permanent disability or life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses
  • children and young people who fall on the severe end of the Autistic spectrum with an associated learning disability

Children with the following diagnosis can be referred to other appropriate teams or agencies:

  • ADHD / ADD                                                      
  • ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or Chronic Fatigue
  • Asperger's syndrome             
  • Oppositional defiance disorder
  • Tourette's                                 
  • Social conduct disorder
  • Dyspraxia                        
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Anxiety                                                                 
  • Dyslexia

The main needs of some children centre around emotional or behavioural development or mental health. They can be referred or signposted to other appropriate teams or agencies who can best meet their needs. For example:

  • Early Help teams
  • Social Care Teams (previously known as FAST)
  • Early Support Co-ordination Team
  • Lincolnshire Local Offer