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Hi, it's Saima here. How to get personal a career/assistant for my special needs child

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Yusra2007
Yusra2007 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited October 2021 in Education and skills
I am a working parent. How to get personal a career/assistant for my special needs child, to look after him before/after school? Thanks

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,287 Championing
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    HI,

    You will first need to refer your child for a needs assessment from your local Authority Social Services department. From this they will determine what, if any care/support is needed. If they assess as needing some care then this can be paid for through direct payments, which will be arrange by Social Services. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/help-from-social-services-and-charities/getting-a-needs-assessment/
    It can be a very long process so please don't expect anything to happen over night.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,198 Championing
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    Hi @Yusra2007 - & welcome to the community. I hope you have found Tori's advice helpful, & that you get the help you need for your child.
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,649 Championing
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    Hello @Yusra2007

    Welcome to the community, it's lovely to see you join us. Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself and your child, I hope the above response from Poppy has been helpful? You can find information about needs assessments here on the NHS website.
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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,980 Championing
    edited October 2021
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    Hi @Yusra2007

    Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. I want to firstly thank you for reaching out to us as I appreciate it can take courage to reach out for the first time. In addition to the guidance already provided, have you considered childminders, enablers, after-school clubs, breakfast clubs and SEND assistants who can work in your home? If you are interested, you can find many of these at https://www.gov.uk/find-registered-childminderhttps://www.childcare.co.uk/find/Childminders?gclid=CjwKCAjw49qKBhAoEiwAHQVTox8VDXfXQ7Y04GWhU2DGuvmRaEzomwP3qSGZI6527ddMzrIybkhOLBoClT0QAvD_BwE and on the school's website. There are many options available! The main thing to keep in mind though is that the practitioners should have evidence of a DBS. I hope this helps and you can find someone to take care of your son before and after school soon. If there is anything else that we can help with, please do not hesitate in letting us know  :) I will look forward to hearing from you again soon!
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