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Housing

Drawn by Nico, age 6 Supported Housing Refers to accommodation and support provided by organisations with expertise in supporting people to improve their life skills and opportunities. A referral for supported housing for the young person will need be made via the care management team…

How can you safeguard children from sexting?

More and more children and teens are engaging in or being affected by sexting. With moreyoung people having access to phones and social media accounts, it is becoming easier forthem to send and receive explicit messages and images. There has been a rise in the…

How do children get an autism diagnosis?

If you suspect that your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you may decide to have them formally assessed. This may result in their being given a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Receiving a diagnosis can be very beneficial to children and…

How much does a childminder cost?

You will need to negotiate hours, terms and conditions with your childminder. Rates may vary.  Sometimes hourly rates for children attending school are higher than those for the under 5s. Childminders can offer flexible rates, and can accept employers’ childcare vouchers.

How to access a Short Break via the Bi-Borough Front Door

Front Door – Overview Please see our Covid-19 Guide to Assessments in the downloads section. The ‘front door’ will operate as part of the Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service. A single point of contact for all notifications has been created. To make a referral, please download…

Income Support

Income Support is a means-tested benefit that you may be able to claim if you are on a low income. The amount you receive will depend on your personal circumstances. You may be entitled to Income Support if you are not required by Jobcentre Plus…

Independent (Private) Schools

What are independent schools? Independent schools (also known as private schools) are educational providers not funded or maintained by the Government. Pupils at independent schools may not follow the national curriculum. You will usually be expected to pay fees for your child to attend an…

Independent special institutions

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of enabling the institution to be the subject of a request for it…

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

If you are unemployed, or work less than 16 hours a week, you may be entitled to claim JSA while you are looking for a job. You must sign a Jobseeker’s Agreement at your local Jobcentre Plus detailing what steps you will take to find…