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Social care for children and young people with special educational needs

Information about the social care available for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

Employing a Personal Assistant? Coronavirus update

We know this is a worrying and uncertain time for those who employ a personal assistant to help with care and support.  We hope this information will help to answer some of your questions about Personal Assistant employment.

If you are looking for advice, guidance or help, please visit Staffordshire County Council's website.

Sending best wishes to you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

Is there an organisation or local group that can offer me support as a carer?

Take a look at our support for families page for information on organisations that offer support to carers, including parent support groups and local and national charities.

The Carers Hub can support unpaid carers and young carers by providing tailored advice, training and information. It's your one stop shop for everything you need to know about looking after your needs as a carer.

How do I access support?

Information on how to access support for children and adults. 

Our accessing support directory below also includes information on accessing a range of services, including equipment and adaptations at home.

What help is there to employ a Personal Assistant?

If you are getting direct payments, or wish to self fund, you may find our direct payments directory below useful.  Here, you can find a range of organisations offering support and that can help with:

  • Recruiting a personal assistant
  • Arranging a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  • Payroll, pension and insurance.
  • Managed accounts.

Can I get a short break?

Aiming High provide a wide variety of activities for children and young people up to 25 years old with a special educational need and disability and their families who live in Staffordshire. No assessment of need is required to access this particular service. Just look through their activity guide and give them a ring. Aiming high also provides support to access activities.

If you have an assessed need, our respite and short breaks directory below contains information on:

  • other community short breaks
  • residential short breaks

For a wide variety of activties, please see our places to go, things to do section. 

Can you tell me more about day opportunities?

If you have an assessed need, or are looking to self fund, our day opportunities directory below contains further information and providers across Staffordshire.

How do I apply for a Blue Badge?

Information on the Blue Badge Parking scheme and other useful information, can be found in our support to get out and about page.