Disability Centre of Excellence - Parents

Update on developments within Disabled Children Services

We want to notify all parents and carers of disabled children and young people about some exciting potential developments which will involve social care support services for disabled children, young people and their families.

What are we doing?

We are starting a feasibility study to explore the opportunities and benefits for a new building which would be a Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children and Young People in York. We are also looking at expanding and developing the FIRST (Family Intensive Rapid Support Team) service for children and young people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and complex behaviour.

Why are we doing it?  

  • We have an opportunity to build and develop a Disability Centre of Excellence that brings together our services and expertise in one place and enables us to deliver the support to children, young people and families more efficiently and effectively
  • Currently disabled children, young people and their families have to travel to different places to access and meet all the different professionals that provide them with services and offer them support
  • There is an identified need to develop residential provision for FIRST therapeutic Short Breaks in York and across the region
  • We are keen to develop specialist services in York to reduce the need for children and young people with very complex needs to live or receive their care outside the city 

Who does it involve?

Disabled children, young people and their families who have been assessed to need support and services (including residential and community short breaks provision) from social care, including children and young people with the most complex needs.

What could it look like?

The Centre of Excellence could provide a:

  • Safe, accessible space for children, young people and families to meet and work with all the different professionals that provide them with services and offer them with support.
  • Flexible short break provision to meet the needs of children and young people with Autism, Learning Disabilities and/or additional health needs.
  • A range of services to support disabled children and young people to remain in their families within their community 
  • Family Intervention Rapid Support Team and Therapeutic Short Breaks a specialist Clinical Psychology led intensive assessment and intervention service for families with children and young people who have autism and learning disability and challenging behaviour which affects their ability to live in the local community (to be made available across the Yorkshire and Humber region)

Where can I get details and updates on what is happening?

We delivered a Stakeholder event on 12th June 2017 have created a Stakeholder Event webpage where you get get details of what took place. We will also be keeping you informed through monthly updates.

Please forward any questions, comments or ideas to feasibility.enquiries@york.gov.uk and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible. 

 

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