Consultation on eligibility for children’s disability services
June 4, 2014 Leave a comment
This 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:
- Online using the following link: Consultation on eligibility for children’s disability services
- Downloading the following consultation document and returning via email or post
- By email to email@example.com
- By post to IDS Consultation, Warwickshire County Council, Saltisford Office Park, Ansell Way, Warwick, CV34 4UL
- Alternatively please leave your comments below.
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
|Ridgeway School, CV34 5DF|
|Exhall Grange School and Science College, CV7 9HP|
|Oak Wood Primary and Secondary Schools, CV11 4QH|
|Woodlands School, B46 3JE|
|Round Oak School and Support Service, CV34 6DX|
|Welcombe Hills School, CV37 6TQ|
|River House School, B95 6AD|
|Brooke School, CV22 6DY|
Warwickshire meetings – all meetings take place from 7pm-9pm
|CHESS Centre460 Cedar Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 9DN|
|Council Chamber, Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL|
|Stratford Arts House, Rother Street, CV37 6LU|
|Council Chamber, Rugby Borough CouncilEvreux Way,CV21 2RR|
|Mancetter Memorial Hall, Atherstone, CV9 1QN|
4th July 2014 UPDATE
Notes from these meetings are now available here.
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.
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.