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Social care

The Council runs social care services in Calderdale. These are supported by local NHS providers and other organisations, when needed.

You can get general support from the Family Support team and your local Children's Centre. More specialist support is given by the Disabled Children's team.

Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB)

We all have a duty to safeguard, protect and promote the welfare of children and young people. This is the primary focus of CSCB.

  • Who can you contact if you are concerned that a child may be suffering harm, bullying, domestic abuse/violence?
  • How can you find out about Internet safety?

For more about this, please visit: Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board.

Disabled Children's Team (DCT)

The Disabled Children's Team (DCT) offers services to children and young people who have needs arising from their disability. They work with children who need greater support to take part in ordinary activities, such as those with:

  • moderate to profound severe learning disabilities;
  • and/or those with a severe physical disability.

An assessment will be done by a social worker from the team. This will consider the needs of all family members, which includes parents and siblings where appropriate.

The team comprises of social workers, learning disability nurses and occupational therapists.

All requests for the DCT service go through The Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) in the first instance. This is to determine the most appropriate service for your child's needs. They can be contacted by:

Direct Payments: buying care services

If your child is eligible for services, they may also get Direct payments. This is another option to some social care services provided by Councils.

It is a cash payment, paid directly to you. You can then arrange and pay for services that your child needs (subject to certain conditions).

For more about this, please see: Direct Payments.

Minor adaptations in the home

The Accessible Homes Agency can help you apply for Minor Works Grants (up to £1,000) that are not means tested. Minor works include:

  • grab rails inside or outside the house;
  • lever handles for taps;
  • and rocker light switches.

For more about this, please contact: Accessible homes.

An occupational therapist can assess a child's or young person's needs for specialist equipment. This will help them to be as independent as possible.

For more about this, see: Specialist equipment.

Major adaptations in the home

The Accessible Homes Agency can help you to apply for a Major Works Grant (Disabled Facilities Grant). This is not means tested for children.

Major works include:

  • level access showers;
  • stair lifts;
  • through floor lifts;
  • ramps;
  • and ceiling track hoists.

For more about this, please contact: Accessible homes.

An occupational therapist can assess your child or young person's needs for specialist equipment. This can help them be as independent as possible.

For more about this, see: Specialist equipment.

Essential adaptations in the home - support available

Yorkshire Children's Trust offer support for a range of items. This includes:

  • Medical equipment or treatment.
  • Essential home modifications.
  • Short family holiday with Haven.
  • One-2-one person centred counselling.

To apply, visit: Yorkshire Children's Trust.

Short breaks

A short break can give disabled children, young people and adults the chance to enjoy different experiences. These can be with or without their parents/carers. They also give the parents/carers a break.

Breaks can last from a couple of hours to several days.

For children and young people

Short breaks for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years can take the form of:

  • Daytime or night time support.
  • Leisure activities away from home.
  • A family holiday at places specially adapted for disabled children and young people.

For more about this, please see: Short breaks for children.

For adults

Shared Lives of Calderdale offers short breaks for adults, long-term care and daytime support. This can be either at the carer's home or the home of the person being cared for.

For more about this, see: Short breaks for adults.

Transition to adults social care

If your child is supported by the DCT, you can talk to your social worker or nurse about transition planning.

Support is there for disabled adults through Adults Health and Social Care. This includes support to find the right accommodation, work and leisure opportunities.

A small team of specialist nurses is also available to support people with complex health care needs. For more about this, as well as details of local providers and what they can offer, contact: Gateway to Care.

Transport and mobility

Disabled (blue badge) parking

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you have severe mobility problems. You may also qualify for a disabled parking bay outside of your home. It is open to eligible disabled people, irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.

For more details or to apply for a blue badge or disabled parking bay, see: Disabled (blue badge) parking.

Blind and Disabled Travel Pass

Eligible Calderdale residents are entitled to a free concessionary travel pass. You can apply for or renew a pass at Customer First offices in Halifax, Brighouse and Todmorden.

Disabled pass

  • Free, off-peak bus travel throughout England.
  • Half-fare, off-peak train travel in West Yorkshire.

Blind pass

  • Free travel on buses and trains at any time in West Yorkshire.
  • Free travel on buses at off-peak times throughout the rest of England.

Full details can be found on the Metro website: West Yorkshire Metro: Blind and disabled passes .

Are you able to travel on your own? If not, you may be entitled to a special pass so a companion can travel with you (West Yorkshire only).

  • Your companion does not need to be the same person for every journey.
  • Your companion will be asked to pay the fare if you travel outside West Yorkshire.

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