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Social care covers a variety of services that help people with day-to-day living. For children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), this often means help with personal or physical care due to a disability. It also means support for children with SEND who are looked after (in foster care or residential care) and those in need of protection (safeguarding).

Concerned about a child or young person?

If you have concerns for a child or young person, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub.

Concerned about an adult?

If you are an adult and are concerned for yourself or another adult that you know, contact the Adult Safeguarding Team. They will deal with your concerns sensitively and confidentially wherever possible.

Carers assessment

If you are a parent/carer of a child with a disability and have parental responsibility, you have the right to request a parent carer needs assessment.

We must assess parents/carers if it appears that you may need support, or if we receive a request from you to assess your need for support.

Disabled Children & Young Person’s Team

Walsall Disabled Children and Young People’s Team is a Specialist Social Work Team which works with children and young people aged 0-18 who have a complex disability and are permanent residents in Walsall Local Authority Area including Children in Care placed out of area.

The team is based at the Goscote Centre and located alongside the Adult Transition Team and other services within the All Age Disability Hub. The team provides a borough wide service working closely with many other services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Special Educational Needs and Disability Service (Education) and Health services. 

The team offers a social work assessment and care planning service to children and young people aged 0 -17 years who have a permanent and substantial impairment and who are requiring additional social care resources in respect of their disability, where the disability has an adverse impact on their ability to undertake ordinary everyday activities.

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Short breaks

Short breaks are opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers.