Resources

For holidays in Lincolnshire see Take a break.

Services

Here is an NHS booklet intended to be a good place to start for families to access appropriate support and services in Lincolnshire for children and young people with additional needs and complex difficulties / Autism Spectrum Disorders.         Click picture to download the booklet – at bottom of page.

Family services directory

The Lincolnshire County Council on-line Family Services Directory is the go-to place to find out about services.        Click SEND icon on the left for the SEN and Disability section.        It covers services for children with disability as well as education.        Click page icon on the right for the home page.

The directory is likely to be the place with the most up-to-date information.        Service providers can update their own entries.

Council website

The Lincolnshire County Council website has many pages of information for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.        Click icon to browse.        It includes Short breaks and ESCO.       The website also has a Things to do page.       GAIN website also has:  Take a break      ESCO support

For the Council information about social care assessment and support in Lincolnshire  see Children with disabilities social care.       Click icon to browse.       Short breaks and either social care or direct payments may be available.        To find out how to arrange an assessment contact the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782 111.

Main County Council switchboard:  01522 846 911.

Helplines

Phone iconDoc iconThe National Autistic Society have an on-line form as well as a phone number.       But before you call or email check to see how they can help.        They are much in demand, so it might be worth a look.        See also  Specialist advice & information services.         See icons to the left for the next step.          The Specialist Advice and information services page presents parents, carers and people with autism with a list of their specialist services to choose from.        If the helpline is busy you could try their Find answer on-line page.

Phone iconChild Autism UK is an autism charity.         See website.         It used to be called Peach.         Click the phone icon to see how they might be able to help.

Phone iconThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers telephone and email support to family carers and professionals caring for children and adults with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Childcare

Lincolnshire Family Information Services Looking for childcare?       Want to know if you can get help paying for childcare?       Want activities to do with your children?       Looking for children and family services?               We have lots of information for families, child carers and professionals …   

For specialist SEN helplines see SEN/EHC Support.              Also, do blogs and on-line communities sound interesting?            If so, see Tips and What is it like?.

CAMHS

Your Child’s GP might make a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).        They are behind the Cinema on St Catherine’s Road in Grantham.

For official information see:      booklet         webpage         Grantham         referral guide
See also what the forums say:  referral         shambles        The replies are worth a look.       Those with good experiences may be less motivated to speak out on these forums, but if you look carefully you should find some.        Here is an insider’s view         (new)

One of our autism mums said,  I’ve had multiple dealings with CAMHS.   They can diagnose and prescribe medication so they offer a variety of help as well as behaviour management.    I find them excellent to deal with and they’ve been a fabulous support to us.

See also SEN support about the Lincolnshire Educational psychology service.

SHARE

SHARE (Support, Help, Advice, Respite, Encouragement) is an independent family support and guidance service in Lincolnshire, incorporating a parent run support group.         It is for families with children up to 25 on the autistic spectrum.          Click icon for their webpage.          See also news

Action for Children

  • They offer a range of services for families with disabled children.
  • Their Lincolnshire Short breaks can help to make leisure and social activities more accessible.             Here are some short breaks stories.
  • Here are search results for Lincolnshire using icon at top right of screen.
  • Here are some frequently asked questions about Personal Budgets.
  • Disability Lincolnshire, is part of Action for Children.               Click icon for their Facebook page.

Lincolnshire Carers Service

The Lincolnshire Carers Service is a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and Carers FIRST.        This service includes parents of children.          First point of contact is the County Council’s Customer Service Centre:   01522 782 224  or  carersservice@lincolnshire.gov.uk         Click icon for the range of support for carers.

Carers FIRST is the new name for Carers connect.         They provide emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carer assessments, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more.        Click icon for an introduction to Carers FIRST.        Phone the number above to access Carers FIRST services.

For more information see:  introduction        website         out of hours        history

Children’s therapy

Find out about NHS children’s therapy services in Lincolnshire, e.g.  information       guidance       FAQ          Click icon to browse.

Homestart

Home-Start Lincolnshire are here to help – for free.       If you are a family with young children in need of a helping hand – we’ve got a trained volunteer who will offer friendship, emotional and practical support through weekly home visits for as long as is needed
Click icon to view their website.         See also: support      Grantham       other local contacts             01507 308 030             enquiries@homestartlincolnshire.co.uk

Family Court

If you need legal support for a case about your child, maybe to do with care or adoption, you may want to know about CAFCAS.        It stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.      Their website offers information for Children and Teenagers as well as Grown ups.

Here are some Top tips for dealing with CAFCAS from Net Mums.         Also, it might also be worth bearing in mind that the people at CAFCAS may not know how to deal with a child on the autistic spectrum.         This link to the National Autistic Society web page  About autism  could be useful if you wanted to print off some explanations that might help them to understand your child.

Things seem to have Improved according to Ofsted since 2008, when they found Progress inadequate, though their 2014 report also points to
areas where there is room for improvement.        The Guardian reported on apparent Success in 2012 of a management initiative to make the “health and wellbeing of social workers a priority in the workplace”, which, the Guardian said, includes CAFCAS .         So there seems to be some good news.

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GAIN logo - thumbnailPlease be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice.              See disclaimer.

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