Social Care services Cambridgeshire
You can find out about social care services for children with additional needs and disabilities on the Local Offer on the Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) website. This is the “hub” for information on how children and young people 0 – 25 are supported in the area.
The Disabled Children’s Social Care Service is responsible for assessing the needs of disabled children and young people.
Is your young person going to be moving to adult social care? If you are not already working with the social care team, you can be referred or get in touch through the contact centre on 0345 045 5203.
Many parents worry about what would happen if they had an emergency which would mean that they were unable to care for their disabled child or young person.
Read more on emergency care for children and over 18s
Free information, advice, guidance and support for all county carers
Cambridgeshire County Council offers free support to family and unpaid carers in the county, some through main partner Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, through a county-wide Carers Support Contract.
Support on offer includes:
- Specific and tailored information giving, signposting, and advice
- Carers Magazine – sent out every three months
- Carers Directory (via Carers Trust)
- Advocacy for Carers (in relation to The Care Act (2014) should a Carer require assistance with accessing a Carers Assessment or support throughout that process.
- The ‘What If’ plan – registration of an emergency plan to support Carers should they be called away in an Emergency Situation. (Free care is available for up to 24 hours in the event that named friends and family are not available to cover) More details on our emergency care page
- A statutory ‘Carers Assessment’ that considers Carer’s own needs, health and wellbeing and the impact on them of their caring role. Some services and support are freely available and Carers will be referred to this universal provision if this is what is required. However, if a Carer has been identified as having more complex needs and meets the national Carers eligibility criteria, a personal budget to support them to continue in their caring role can be made available.
- The personal budget, which has to be agreed and identify specific needs, can be used for arranged services or as a direct payment into their bank account. The support must directly benefit the Carer and cannot be used for direct services for someone needing care such as personal care or respite.
Contact Carers Trust Cambridgeshire direct on: 0345 241 0954 or visit its website