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Disabled Children (CYP3)

Core Offer

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This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: CYP3 - Disabled Children

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The Council’s Children’s Services has already failed an Ofsted report – won’t cutting the budget make things worse?

The Council’s Children’s Services has already failed an Ofsted report – won’t cutting the budget make things worse?

We are spreading reductions over time to work with partners on new services. We now have an improvement plan in place to tackle the problems highlighted by Oftsed, which is getting us back on track, and ensures that all our services contribute to giving all children and young people in Darlington the best start in life.
Our proposals aim to develop a new service that combines early help with other support, which will include Children’s Centre delivery, early help and Troubled Families. Working with partners we are changing our approach, building on what works to target support at those children and families in greatest need. We are also strengthening our area social work teams and management in response to the Ofsted improvement plan. 

Your Say

6 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)

Services for disabled children are an asset and a very much needed service in supporting children, parents and carers, especially for children that have already been diagnosed If these services are cut, it will be detremental to all who need this support giving them no where to turn for help.

Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)

I think harewood house should close.
It is criminal that such a large amount should be spent on such a few children. It is not fair, there are lots of children that should get help in some form but do not get it because of the chosen few.

Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)

We are aware that the Local Authority have arrangements in place to receive parental feedback through Darlington Parent Carer Forum. However we have concerns that there are a large number of parents who are not being targeted and therefore their input is being missed. We have set up a Facebook page to support parents of children with additional needs in Darlington (Darlington Special Needs and Disabilities Parent Support). The aim of the page is a place for parents to come together have general chat, discuss experiences (including those of services) and receive support, the page now has 115 members and continues to grow. Additionally to this we hold regular events including coffee mornings and evening get togethers. We feel that the aforementioned is an excellent opportunity to gather further feedback which could be constructive and beneficial in the planning and delivering of services by the LA. We would be keen to work with the LA to ensure the voices of these parents are heard and would be willing to attend meetings/working groups (we already attend the Local Offer Working Group) as and when the opportunities arise.

Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)

The proposal for the Core Offer for Disabled Children states that on the termination of the Early Support Service, on-going support will continue to be provided by the remaining staff within the 0-25 team. Currently the 0-25 team have high case loads and there is an extensive waiting list. The role of the Social Worker is very different to the work of an Early Support Co-ordinator who is able to give intensive, regular, flexible support to suit the individual needs of the child and family. There are increased cost implications for the continuing 0-25 team by using Social Workers rather than early Support co-ordinators

Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)

I think it will be a great shame to loose the 0 to 3 service. When my child was born it provided me with good support and enabled me to get support by meeting other families. Having a baby will a disability can be a very isolating experience

Core CYP3 (Disabled Children)
Core CYP2 (Looked After Children)

As a local resident, I am worried about the increasing budget pressures on vital local services for disabled children and the long term costs to our local community if families are left to fall into crisis. I recently received information from Contact a Family, the charity for disabled children, which has found evidence of worrying levels of unmet need for short breaks (respite) services. More than half of respondents to their survey had never used a short breaks service, many were unsure about how to access these services, and some were entirely unaware of the existence of short breaks services. Families with disabled children that do access short breaks services describe them as a lifeline. Families say “Short breaks are invaluable to allow families like ours to stay functional. Short breaks help hold the family together, more families breaking down would cost more in the long term.” Short breaks give parent carers a much needed break, supporting them to cope with their complex care responsibilities and thus drastically reducing demand for crisis or emergency services. They can also offer disabled children the chance to develop valuable new skills and to experience different activities. I realise that you must be facing difficult budgetary decisions, given current funding pressures, but this seems all the more reason for prudent investment in preventative services, like short breaks. There are many different types of short breaks, so prices do vary, but there is clear evidence that providing these short breaks is far cheaper than allowing families to reach crisis point. • £70-£373 – unit cost of residential overnight short break (per child per 24 hours). • £100-£205 – unit cost of day care, short break (per child per session). • £3,089 – average cost of care in residential care home (per child per week). • £5,500 – average cost of service provision for adults suffering with depression and/or anxiety disorders (per person per year). Short breaks provide many local families with the support they need to stay happy and independent, saving the council huge amounts in the long run. I call on you to increase investment in local short breaks, so that respite is available for all those who need it. To support this, I also recommend greater publicity of local short breaks services, including a clear explanation of local eligibility criteria.