Children's Social Care offer a service from pre-birth to transition into adulthood, offering a broad range of support. This can vary from early intervention/ family support, Children in Need and those at risk of significant harm.
For children and young people who have disabilities/ additional needs, an assessment is completed to determine if a child needs a short term, targeted piece of intervention or longer term support. This maybe practical or emotional support, as well as access to a Short Breaks personal budget.
For children and young people without disabilities/ additional needs, short term family support can be offered to help families get back on track. This could be from Children's Social Care alone, or as part of a multi agency approach through the Early Help process.
If there is a concern about a child or young person's welfare, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care can do an assessment, and arrange multi agency child in need meetings to develop and review a Child in Need plan. This plan would focus on improving the child or young person's situation.
If there is a concern about potential or actual harm to a child or young person, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care will do an assessment to look at the risk to the child or young person. Multi agency child protection conferences and core group meetings would be arranged to develop and review a child protection plan. This plan would focus on reducing the actual and potential risks to the child or young person.
For children and young people who are not able to live at home, whether they have a disability/ additional need or not, Children's Social Care arrange where they would live, and ensure that they are taken care of.
Children's Social Care work with Cornwall Family Placements services to recruit foster carers and short breaks carers to ensure these children and young people have a family life. When necessary, residential homes maybe commissioned by Children's Social Care too. For more information see our Fostering page.
When children/ young people in care are older and move towards independent living and adulthood, Children's Social Care work with these young people as care leavers to provide emotional and practical support.
Children's Social Care also work with young carers and run the Young Carers and Siblings Group.
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Telephone: 01720 424483
Children’s Social Care
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly