Shropshire Council

Social care

Social careSocial care covers a range 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).

Disabled Children's Team

Shropshire's specialist Disabled Children's Team is located in Shrewsbury, but covers the whole council area. The team helps children and young people with permanent and severe disabilities.

Find out more about the Disabled Children's Team and how to get help.

Early help

Early help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem starts. This can happen at any point in a child's life, and applies to any problem or need, including SEND.

A range of services provide early help. You can find out more about these in our early help offer.

Find out more about early help in Shropshire.

Looked-after children

Looked-after children are those receiving care because of a court order or by voluntary agreement with the parents. This can be for a variety of reasons, including abuse, neglect and family issues relating to the parents' ability to care for the child.

Looked-after children and young people with SEND usually receive specialist help from the Looked After Children Education and Health Team.

Find out more about support for looked after children with SEND.

Children’s Occupational Therapy Team

Support via an assessment for equipment and potential adaptations within the home can be requested through the Children’s Occupational Therapy Team. Children’s occupational therapists assess children and their parents/carers to offer help, advice, safety and support in the home through the provision of equipment and or adaptations to ensure safety, maximise mobility and promote independence.

Please call 0345 678 9044 for more information about equipment and adaptations.

Find out more about occupational therapy on the Community Health website.

Personal budgets and direct payments

A personal budget is an allocation of money that can be used to meet the aims agreed in an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Any young person with an EHC plan or their parents/carers can request to be assessed for a personal budget.

A direct payment is one way of managing a personal budget. It means the money is paid directly to the young person or parent/carer for them to buy and manage services themselves.

Find out more about personal budgets and direct payments.

Short Breaks

Short Breaks are opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. This can benefit both the child and the carer.

They include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities, which can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, or a residential or community setting. Short breaks can also be provided through a temporary carer, relieving the primary carer of their caring responsibilities without them being separated from the disabled child or young person.

Find out more about short breaks and how to register.

Transitions and preparing for adulthood

Transition means making the steps from compulsory education to further education or employment, from adolescence to independence, and from child to adult health or social care services if needed. Specialist support for smooth transitions begins for young people in Year 9 as part of their annual review.

Find out more about Preparing for Transition into Adulthood.