Who we are:
The Access, Assessment and Family Support Service sits within Hackney Children's Social Care service.
It is the team professionals and members of the public contact if there are concerns about children’s welfare that may require a statutory social work response.
What we do:
If you are worried that a child may be at risk, you will can speak with a social worker in the FAST team: FAST - First Access Screening Team
They will ask you for information about your concern to help them decide which is the most appropriate service to deal with the issue that you have raised.
If the information you provide leads them to believe that a child may be in need of a statutory social work assessment they will allocate the matter to one of the Access and Assessment - social work units who will look into your concerns fully.
If a child is disabled, the family may be referred to the Disabled Children’s Service.
Social care support for families with disabled children. The Disabled Children’s Service undertakes a Child and Family Needs Assessment to see what the family needs. The outcome of this assessment could lead to a support package in the form of Direct Payments, or through an approved care agency.
Find out more: Disabled Children’s Service
The service works with Young Hackney:
Young Hackney is a service for all young people aged 8-19 that brings together the skills and expertise of:
- the youth service
- youth support team and
- youth offending team
Find out more: Young Hackney
The service works with Children’s Centres
Children’s Centres provide activities and support for all, families with children under 5. Through making contact with local Children’s Centre you can get:
- family support
- access to childcare,
- health and education services for yourself and your child or children and
- access free activities.
Find out more: Children's Centres in Hackney
For some families these are the services that can best meet their needs.
Record Last Updated on: 13/12/2017