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Shared Care Scheme For Children - BCP Council

The Shared Care Scheme provides short breaks for children with severe disabilities and respite for parents who are having difficulties coping with the stress and strains of caring. The child is linked  with a local shared carer who can provide care for children on a regular basis in the carer's home.

Valuable support and friendships are also discovered by everyone taking part.

The Scheme currently has over twenty trained and approved carers, linked with more than thirty children. The children benefit by developing new interests, experiences and independence skills. Both Daycare and Overnight care available.

Children are referred following social work assessment by the Children with Disabilities team.

If you are interested in becoming a shared carer, you can complete our enquiry form.

Shared Care Scheme For Children
BCP Council
Dolphin Centre
BH15 1SA
01202 714640
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Area coverage
Times Available:
Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 4.45pm
All Year Round
From 2 years  to 18 years .
No costs to Parents
Special Provisions:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Physical Disability
Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
Referral Criteria:
Via Social Services
Via GP or other health professional
Self Referral
Referral Procedure:
Contact Assessment and Referral team, Social Care 01202 735046. Children are assessed by Child Health and Disability Team then referred to scheme.
Languages Spoken:

SEN and Disabilities Service Description

The service offers children with assessed disabilities the option of respite with Shared Carers, in their own home.

This gives their parents/carers a break and the child different opportunities which may not be available to them at home.

SEN and Disabilities Eligibility

Children open to and receiving a service from the CHAD team are potentially eligible for Shared Care.

It is dependent on an assessment by their allocated Social Worker as to whether they meet the criteria for and require a referral to Shared Care.

The only restriction is age - once a young person turns 18 they are no longer able to access Shared Care services.

SEN and Disabilities Access

There is no self referral process, referrals come directly through CHAD Social Workers.

SEN and Disabilities Transition

The Shared Care service is available to young people assessed as eligible for as long as they require the support, or as long as their families require the support. The service will cease when the young person turns 18 as it is a Children's Services provision and not available to over 18s.

Young people transitioning from children's to adults' services will be assessed for alternative adult provision to be in place once they are 18.

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