The council meets four key social care responsibilities towards disabled children and young people and their families. These four responsibilities are:
- To provide short breaks to parents or carers of disabled children. We sometimes call this the ‘Short Break Duty’ and it can be found in our Short Break Statement.
- To support parents to ensure the child is Safe.
- To work with the family to support the child to be Equal by reducing inequalities and promoting equality.
- To raise aspirations and support opportunities for children and young people to Achieve their potential.
More information can be found in the Newcastle Children and Young People’s Plan and the Short Break Duty, set out in legislation.
Social Care Services for Children with Disabilities
The council ensures that all families with a disabled child will be offered information, advice and support to access appropriate mainstream and community services.
Additionally, some council funding supports workers and organisations to offer opportunities for disabled children and young people to access a wide range of activities including arts, drama and music.
Further funding for children with more complex needs to meet their individual needs is available and is called a Social Care Personal Budget (some people call these Individual Budgets). A good source of more information is the Big Handbook: A guide to Individual Budgets.
If for any reason a family experiences difficulty in getting the support they need, they can speak to staff in the Children with Disabilities Team on phone number 0191 277 4700 or look at our council website: www.newcastle.gov.uk.