Social care

This section of our Local Offer explains how children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported by social care services in Brent, both in the short and long-term. Our aim is to make sure that children and young people with SEND receive social care services that best meet their level of need and that they, along with their families, are fully involved in helping us to plan them.

Social care services may be needed if a child or young person:

  • Requires specialist provision to meet identified needs following an assessment
  • Is experiencing abuse or neglect or is at risk of significant harm and requires social work assessment and support

Most children and young people with SEND will have their needs met by universal (mainstream) services. These are services that anyone can use such as GPs, health visitors and schools. However, some children and young people will require extra support. Children from birth to 25 years old, with severe, permanent and substantial disabilities or long-term complex health problems, are supported by Brent's Disabled Children and Young People's Service (0-25).

If your think your child needs support from social care services, please contact Brent Family Front Door on 0208 937 4300 or email family.frontdoor@brent.gov.uk so that an assessment can be carried out. Parents/carers will also be offered a carers assessment to identify their specific needs. 

You may find people like health visitors, GPs or school staff will suggest a referral to social care. If you hold parental responsibility, this referral can only be done after you agree to it, unless the child or young person involved is at risk of harm. Whether or not you receive social care support depends on many factors and what level of need your child is assessed at. Children have varying needs that change over time and this should be taken into account at the time of each referral. Find out more about the threshold for receiving support.

Social care services also provide a range of other provision, some of which may be subject to an assessment.

Safeguarding children and young people

Social workers aim to meet the needs that arise from a child or young person’s disability and to support their family. It is not an indication that they think the child/young person is not being looked after properly. However, if they have concerns, or believe a child may be at risk of harm, neglect or abuse, they will follow Brent's safeguarding and child protection procedures. If you are worried about the welfare of someone aged 18 or over, there is guidance on how to report it.  

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