Social care services for children with SEN aged 0 to 16

All children can get community support services. If you have a child with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability, he or she may also qualify for specialist services.

On this page you can find out about the services available for children with different levels of need.

Community services for all

The types of service available to all young children include:
  • after-school clubs
  • summer clubs
  • family activity days
  • some group-based activities
  • Active Newham services for disabled children and young people.
We do not need to assess your child for these services. But there may be a small cost for them.

Services for young children with critical or substantial needs

If your child has critical or substantial needs, that is in need of intensive services, the extra help she or he might get includes:
  • overnight short-break services
  • individual care packages
  • specialist short-break services.

For more information about short breaks, go to our Disabled children and young people – short breaks page.

To get these services, our Social Care team will need to assess your child.
After the assessment your child might get:
  • services which are available in the community, or
  • an individual care package from Social Care Services.

How we assess children for specialist services

When we assess your child, we will look at whether she or he needs specialist services.
Children may need specialist services because they
  • are at risk of abuse or neglect
  • are at risk because of family breakdown
  • have a life-threatening or life-limiting condition
  • have health needs which make her or him totally dependent on others.
There are four levels of need. To get the most intensive support, a child needs to have what is called ‘substantial’ or ‘critical’ need.

For more information on how we decide who gets what care, read our specialist social care services eligibility criteria (PDF).

Ask for your child to be assessed

If you think that your child may be eligible for specialist care services, contact us:

Children's Triage
Children and Young Peoples Service
London Borough of Newham
1000 Dockside
E16 2QU

Tel: 020 3373 4600 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Tel: 020 8430 2000 (outside working hours)

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