Children's Social Care and support in Hackney is provided for children and young people aged 0 - 18 and older who have:
- physical and sensory disabilities
- learning difficulties
- mental health problems
- or those who are no longer able to manage without help
Children's Social Care is made up of different teams.
Each team provides information, services and support for a different group of people. This helps them focus on understanding the needs of each specific group.
Not everyone who has a special educational need or a disability will need or get support from Children's Social Care services.
Please click on the links to different teams below to see which is the most appropriate:
Hackney’s First Access & Screening Team (FAST) acts as a single point of contact for professionals and members of the public seeking additional support or a safeguarding response to children and young people in need or at risk.
Professionals from Children’s Social Care, Health, Probation, the Police and others work together as a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub to assess referrals and ensure children and young people in need of early help are put in touch with Young Hackney and other relevant services.
Where a FAST assessment identifies support needs that cannot be met by a single agency or service, a co-ordinated response, with local agencies working together to support the young person and their family takes place.
In Hackney, this is managed via a multi-agency Children and Young People’s Partnership Panel. Meetings take place weekly, designating and monitoring co-ordinated packages of support for children and young people aged 6 – 19.
Many secondary schools in Hackney have an allocated Young Hackney team who work with them to identify students who may require additional support.
Find out more: Young Hackney
Hackney First Access Screening Team (FAST)
All referrals for assessments for Children's Social Care in Hackney go through FAST.
Find out more: FAST - First Access Screening Team
City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB)
The City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing arrangements for safeguarding children and young people across the City of London and the London Borough of Hackney.
Find out more: City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB)
Hackney's 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
Hackney's Short Breaks Service
Short Breaks are how local authorities perform their duty in the Children's Act 1989 to..."provide, as part of the range of services they provide for families, breaks from caring for carers of disabled children to support them to continue to care for their children at home and to allow them to do so more effectively"
A Short Break allows a disabled young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities.
Find out more: Short Breaks
Hackney's Youth Justice Service
We work with children and young people from Hackney who have admitted to a crime or been found guilty by a court of committing a crime.
We work hard to ensure all the activities the young people take part in are meaningful and actually help a child to reduce their offending behaviour.
Find out more: Hackney Youth Justice Service
Children and Families Clinical Service
The Children and Families Clinical Service works with children and young people and their parents and carers who are receiving support from Children's Social Care, Young Hackney, the Family Support Service and the Youth Offending Team.
Find out more: Children and Families - Clinical Service
Adult Social Care in Hackney
Find out more: Adult Social Care in Hackney
Emergency Duty Social Worker - out of hours service:
For emergency out of hours (5pm – 9am), please contact:
Emergency Duty Team for children aged 0 - 18
Phone: 0208 356 2710
Record Last Updated on: 27/09/2017