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Additional Support

When a social worker is not involved with your child and family but you feel you need some additional support, to understand and manage the needs of your disabled child an Early Support Keyworker can help you.  The Early Support Team are part of the Disabled…

Children's Social Care and SEND

Where a child or young person has been assessed as having social care needs in relation to their SEND, social care teams: Must secure social care provision which has been assessed as being necessary to support a child or young person’s SEND and which is…

Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document

This Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document provides a framework for professionals who are working with children, young people and families in Islington; it aims to help identify when a child may need additional support to achieve their full potential. It introduces a continuum…

Crisis Packages

From time to time emergency situations arise in families and usually families are able to cope from within their own or local community resources. Occasionally however emergencies are such that families cannot manage from within their existing support networks or using the current levels of…

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax free, social security benefit for children and young people up to 16 with an illness or disability. It is not dependent on your household income but only on your child’s needs. To get DLA, your child must need…

Early Help Services for families in Islington

Coronavirus update: If you have a family support worker they will continue to remain in contact with you during this period. If you would like to speak to a Bright Start family support worker please email: brightstartwest@islington.gov.uk; brightstarteast@islington.gov.uk; brightstartsouth@islington.gov.uk If you are not sure which Bright…

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

What is MASH? A national Multi‐Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) programme began in 2011 following the successful development of a model in Devon. According to an evaluation by the University of Greenwich, the turn-around time for child protection cases judged as high or complex needs has…

Parent Carers Assessment

Parent carers of disabled children under 18 years now have a stand alone right to assessments and services under the Children and Families Act 2014. This is called a parent carers needs assessment. This assessment can be combined with one for a disabled child and…

Safeguarding and SEND

Children with SEND are 3.4 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children 3.8 times more likely to be neglected 3.8 times more likely to be physically abused 3.1 times more likely to be sexually abused 3.9 times more likely to be emotionally abused.…

Supported Assessment Questionnaire

When looking at your needs the social worker will look with you at the whole range of support available, including informal networks such as friends and family and what is generally available in the local community for all children. Where an assessment indicates that there…