A talk on how local authorities assess the social care needs of disabled children and adults.
Professor Luke Clements leads our Legal Entitlement and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project at The School of Law, Leeds, which provides support to families who are having problems accessing health, social care or other services. Some of Luke’s workshops, talks and webinars have been recorded and are collected here for easy reference. Luke’s talks refer to the law but are mostly accessible by parent carers. Videos refer to the law in England unless otherwise stated. Luke has more resources available on his website www.lukeclements.co.uk.
- Disabled Facilities Grants
- Moving into Adulthood
- Social Care Assessments and Support
Luke considers the legal duties that children’s services in England are under when they are asked to assess the support needs of disabled children with autism and how research has uncovered widespread unlawful policies.
This talk – divided into seven separate sections – explains the process by which children’s services in England should assess the support needs of disabled children and their families.
How eligible identified needs are translated in services in the community, for example help from a care assistant, adaptations to the home, support to participate in community activities or direct payments.
Luke discusses the need for a change in practice that could transform the experiences of disabled children and their families when interacting with English children’s services departments.
Luke discusses diverting families to generic ‘children in need’ (CiN) assessors, offering only short-term support responses that locate the problem in the parent and not in the special need for support that arise due to the child’s additional needs.
Luke discusses ‘How to get a worthwhile carers assessment, that provides support for the parent carer’ – Challenging the idea that local authorities have no duty to provide support following from a parent carer’s assessment.
The responsibilities of the NHS for Continuing Health Care funding, which is when a person’s health and social care provision are funded entirely by the NHS. This talk covers adults, but the framework for children is somewhat similar.
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