Consultation on eligibility for children’s disability services

ConsultationThis consultation into how the local authority will meet the support needs of disabled children and young people in Warwickshire opened on 4 June.

The consultation puts forward the concept of a Local Offer for Social Care and Short Breaks which defines how individual needs are measured and how care and support can be accessed.

The consultation seeks views on eligibility criteria and delivery of the redesigned social care and short breaks elements of Warwickshire County Council’s Integrated Disability Service.

The new Local Offer will enable the council to carry out consistent assessments to ensure each eligible family will receive appropriate support at the right time, and is able to exercise choice and control over the services they receive.

The consultation will run for four weeks from 4 June until midday on 2 July 2014. During this time people will have the opportunity to find out more about the council’s about proposals, and share their views.

People can respond to the consultation in a number of ways:

As part of the consultation, service managers will be meeting with young people from the youth council and the children’s disability forum to make sure their views are included.  A series of public consultation meetings will also take place at each of the county’s special schools and in Warwickshire venues.

School meetings – all meetings take place from 10am-11.30am

Date Venue
16 June
Warwick
Ridgeway School, CV34 5DF
17 June
Nr Bedworth
Exhall Grange School and Science College, CV7 9HP
20 June
Nuneaton
Oak Wood Primary and Secondary Schools, CV11 4QH
23 June
North Warwickshire
Woodlands School, B46 3JE
24 June
Warwick
Round Oak School and Support Service, CV34 6DX
25 June
Stratford
Welcombe Hills School, CV37 6TQ
26 June
Stratford
River House School, B95 6AD
30 June
Rugby
Brooke School, CV22 6DY

Warwickshire meetings – all meetings take place from 7pm-9pm

9 June
Nuneaton
CHESS Centre460 Cedar Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 9DN
10 June
Warwick
Council Chamber, Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL
11 June
Stratford
Stratford Arts House, Rother Street, CV37 6LU
12 June
Rugby
Council Chamber, Rugby Borough CouncilEvreux Way,CV21 2RR
18 June
North Warwickshire
Mancetter Memorial Hall, Atherstone, CV9 1QN

4th July 2014 UPDATE

Notes from these meetings are now available here.

9th June 2014 at CHESS, Nuneaton

10th June 2014, Shire Hall, Warwick

12th June 2014, Council Chamber Rugby Borough Council Town Hall, Rugby

16th June 2014, Ridgeway School, Warwick

17th June 2014, Exhall Grange. Coventry

18th June 2014, Mancetter Village Hall, Mancetter (1)

20th June 2014, Oak Wood School, Nuneaton

23rd June 2014, Coleshill

24th June 2014, Leamington Spa

25th June 2014, Stratford Upon Avon

26th June 2014, Henley in Arden

30th June 2014, Rugby

All consultation proposals are evidence based, make use of existing processes such as the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and align with Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board’s ‘Thresholds of Need’.

Consultation feedback received by 1 July will inform a report which will be presented to Cabinet for their decision in July 2014.

Background

Integrated Disability Service redesign proposals have been put forward to make essential savings from the service budget and to meet recommendations of the Children and Families Act 2014 which promote increased use of personalised support.

A significant proportion of the savings will be internal with no impact on frontline services, but they can also be realised through modernisation and redesign of short breaks and social care elements of the service. IDS Teaching and Learning, which supports children in education settings and services delivered with health, has not been part of this process.

Consultation proposals focus on an equitable offer of support which targets those in greatest need and provides much more choice and control to families about how they access services.

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