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what help can social services give?

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grasspigeons Tue 04-Dec-18 14:32:13

I keep hearing about social services supporting families and someone has suggested that as we are struggling with SEN son it might be an avenue to explore. but what actually do they do?

Claw001 Wed 05-Dec-18 07:34:39

It depends on what you are struggling with?

SaltPans Wed 05-Dec-18 11:25:02

Have a look at Contact A Family's website:

They have a pdf of a booklet, which tells parents what services Social Services can provide to disabled children.

SaltPans Wed 05-Dec-18 11:31:19

IME, they can provide:

1. cleaners
2. careworkers to come to the house to help care for the disabled child, get their meals, entertain them, take them out to leisure activities (and give the family a break), do their laundry, watch over them while asleep if they have a medical condition where they need supervision or say help moving
3. short breaks respite at a respite centre
4. specialist leisure activities or play schemes
5. buddy systems where a young person takes the disabled young person out to leisure activities
6. equipment and adaptations for the house (assessed by an OT)

You should also ask for a carers' assessment for you and DP - whereby they assess what you need to continue in your caring role.

grasspigeons Wed 05-Dec-18 15:21:32

thanks for your replies. I'll have alittle look at whether it sounds relevant to our situation.

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