By Post FIS, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Who we are
Disabled Children’s Service provide social care support for families with disabled children.
What we do
Families and professionals who need a short discussion or advice can call the duty line (0208 356 6789) to speak to a social worker in the team. This is for advice and not referrals which will be made via FAST (First Access and Screening Team).
The Disabled Children’s Service undertakes a Child and Family Needs Assessment (also known as a section 17 assessment under the Children's Act) to see what support the family needs. This assessment may include a carers assessment.
The outcome of this assessment could lead to a support package in the form of Direct Payments, or through an approved care agency.
Interim support can be provided during the assessment.
After the assessment families can receive:
- Help with personal care and social activities
- Help from the Short Breaks Service
Parents of disabled children can request a "Carer’s Assessment" whether or not their child is in receipt of a care package.
Local authorities have a legal duty to assess any carer who requests a "Carer’s Assessment" or who appears to need support.
If you are a carer and you need some support, get in touch with the council who will give you information and advice about how the assessment process works.
The assessment will consider the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing, as well as important aspects of the rest of your life.
Hackney's Disabled Children's Service does not accept new referrals themselves.
All referrals come through Hackney First Access Screening Team (FAST)
Phone: 0208 356 5500
The referral form can be found in the download section of this page.
Record Last Updated on: 29/08/2019