In response to demand from family carers and commissioners, we are extending our support to children and young people with learning disabilities.
Our offer includes:
Supported living age 16+
We provide a community-based alternative to residential care. This provides better outcomes for the young person, maintains relationships with family and friends, keeps young people in the community, and is a cheaper source of support than residential care.
Transition support age 14+
We can support the young person and their family to have a well-planned and person-centred transition, and to develop a range of life skills.
Outreach support/Community-based short breaks
We can provide 1:1 support in the home or community, supporting the young person to take part in a range of activities, helping with personal care, and giving the parents regular breaks from their caring responsibilities.
Life skills development
This is task and outcome-focused, delivered 1:1 or in groups, supporting young people to develop a range of skills, increase confidence, and develop more independence in preparation for adult life.
Individually designed services using direct payments or personal health budgets
We can provide 1:1 support designed by the young people and their parents, delivering a range of support and activities that enhance their lives, develop skills, confidence and independence, and provide regular support to parents.
Positive Behaviour Support
We can support the development of skills, improve the quality of life and wellbeing for the young person and their parents, and reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours that challenge. Find out more about Positive Behaviour Support.
Supported living and other community-based support allows children and young people to return to or remain in their own communities, close to family and friends.
It allows them to become more confident and independent, which in turn leads to increased self-esteem and a reduction in behaviours that challenge.
It also helps young people:
have a wider range of outcomes
enjoy a greater social life
have more choice over their lives
develop increased daily living skills
access local educational and employment opportunities.
We offer a positive and cost-effective alternative to specialist residential or other costly out-of-area placements, as well as support that prevents a crisis placement.
We also provide continuity of support to the young person through to our adult provision which includes supported living, outreach and day opportunities support.
Involvement of the young person, as well as their family, is key to providing person-centred support that offers real choice and progression towards agreed outcomes. We will place the child or young person at the centre of decision making and seek to bridge the gaps that can exist between agencies.
Our Head of Children’s Services Development, Paul Taylor, has extensive experience of developing and delivering a wide range of children’s services.
Before joining Affinity Trust, Paul spent 32 years in the children and young people’s sector, including being a registered manager with both Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. Paul has provided training nationally on child protection and has been a long-standing member of the National Working Group for Child Protection and Disability.
Paul is in active discussions with parents’ forums, local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group partners to develop effective models of support that meet local needs.
If you would like to discuss how Affinity Trust can provide tailored support for disabled children and young people, please contact Paul Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on: 07341 478 228