The Children With Disabilities Social Care Team is for families who have a child with a disability where the family or carers have hit a crisis point or who are struggling under extreme pressure. The CWD Team is a specialist Social Care Team who provides support, advice and guidance for children and families with Special Educational Need and/or Disabilities (SEND).
The Children With Disabilities Team work to the Stockport Families values and principles of Behaviours:
- Respectful and practical
- creating a safe and inclusive culture
- Effective Communication
- Reflective Practice
- Building and maintaining Relationships
The CWD Team of social workers are also responsible for ensuring children with a disability in Stockport are fully supported and safeguarded from harm.
This team take on a variety of roles; but their main purpose is to organise and co-ordinate support of children and their family through creative use of all available resources. This team will:
- Enhance parenting and support the physical, intellectual and emotional development of children and young people.
- Arrange “short breaks” for children whose parents are struggling to care for them.
- Signpost disadvantaged families to inform them about entitlements, family support and training/work opportunities and benefits.
- Support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities where families are reaching crisis point.
- Aid people in poverty to improve their financial position, informing them about their entitlements and helping them to access training, work opportunities and benefits.
These support does not all have to be carried out by social workers. Some support may be shared with other specialists, such as health therapists, SENCOs, support workers, local authority professionals, benefits officers, volunteers and the Aiming High short breaks team.
Social workers have the expertise to build bridges with other disciplines and agencies. They make a vital contribution in helping to overcome barriers between different professions and services.
Each family situation is different, as is their ability to cope with stressful situations and everyday caring responsibilities. A social worker may become involved with a family if the family is reaching a crisis point or there is risk of family breakdown. A social worker will be allocated if there are safeguarding and child protection concerns.
If you are a professional or a member of the public and you have safeguarding concerns about a child and want to make a referral to the Social Care Disability Team you can contact them in Stockport: 0161 217 6028. For more information about the MASSH click here.