05 Jan How a link worker can help your family
We know that families need services to be better co-ordinated and for practitioners and understand the overall needs of a child and their family.
A link worker can:
- Co-ordinate all services involved and support the development of an integrated plan
- Improve communication and reduce the number of times families have to repeat the same information
- Keep your family and your priorities at the heart of planning
- Support and empower parents to put forward their views
- Provide information and suggest further sources of reliable information
- Be a single point of contact between your family and services
To achieve these aims, we are developing a service to provide link workers for families.
Who is it for?
The service is for families with a child or young person:
- Aged 0 to 25
- With an ongoing disability or life limiting / threatening condition
- Who receives support from more than one specialist service
During the development of the service (December 2016 to June 2017), priority will be given to a number of families with children under five or nearing transition between primary and secondary school or young people approaching school leaving age.
We will ask for your consent to share your information with other professionals and agencies. However, in order to safeguard a child or adult who may be at risk of suffering significant harm, information may be disclosed without your consent.
If you would like to discuss having a link worker or to find out more, simply contact the service directly (see below) or ask a professional involved with your family.
Elspeth Dixon, Integrated pathway development manager, Herefordshire Council, Children’s wellbeing directorate, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE Tel: 01432 260642 or email below.
Herefordshire children with disabilities register
The Children with Disabilities Register is an information database designed to hold the contact details of disabled children and young people under the age of 18 in Herefordshire.
Registration is voluntary. It is not linked to, or a requirement of, receiving social care services, which are assessed separately.