Childrens and Young People's Services - Teams

Childrens and Young People's Services - Teams

Children with Disabilities Service

The service comprises specialist social workers and support staff who work with children who are sick and/or disabled and their families to offer support and services to keep families together.
There are a range of services provided by the Local Authority or from private and voluntary agencies which can help in caring for children with disabilities. A social worker from the team will assess the needs of the child, carer/s and family.

Family Support Service

We work with families, referred to us by a range of professionals, to help keep them together through additional support. Our services include:

  • Family Centres (Family Assessment and Support Teams)
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Sessional Work
  • Supervised Contact Service

Assessment and Intervention Service

Teams are based in both Aylesbury and High Wycombe. The Assessment service works with children and families for a maximum period of 6 months, working under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.  We complete core assessments, and also Section 7 reports for Court in respect of private proceedings regarding residence and Contact Orders.  We also work with unaccompanied asylum seekers. Cases are transferred from the Referral Team to us when an initial assessment has been completed, which has identified a child and family are in need of further assessment or support. 

Referral Service

Teams are based in both Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

The Referral team aim to:

  • complete initial assessments on children in need or vulnerable children within seven working days of referral
  • Investigate allegations of abuse against children where there are concerns that they are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm
  • provide  accommodation for children who are at risk of significant harm or who are
    beyond parental control
  • initiate care proceedings under the Public Law Outline for children where there is
    evidence that they are suffering significant harm
  • Assess and monitor children living with private foster carers
  • Represent the Local Authority at the local Multi Agency Public Protection Panel
  • accommodate unaccompanied minors

Care and Protection Service

Teams are based in both Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

The Care & Protection team aim to:

  • provide  accommodation for children who are at risk of significant harm or who are
    beyond parental control
  • initiate care proceedings under the Public Law Outline for children where there is
    evidence that they are suffering significant harm
  • Ensure that the needs of children who are in our care are fully met and statutory duties are adhered to
  • Ensure all children in our care for more than three months have a Permanency Plan in place
  • Complete reports for the court in private law proceedings as requested by the court.

Children in Care Under 14 Team

We are responsible for children who are in the care of the Local Authority. This could be either in foster care or residential care from the time a plan for permanent care is drawn up, until the young person reaches the age of fourteen, when case responsibility transfers to the Children in Care 14+ Team. We also hold case responsibility for newborn babies whose mothers want them placed for adoption.

Children in Care 14+ Team

We provide a service to young people within Buckinghamshire between the ages of 14 to 18 who are looked after by the Local Authority (in line with the Children Act 1989, and the Human Rights Act 1998 in relation to children who may be accommodated, in care or remanded or detained).
We provide a service to young people within Buckinghamshire between the ages of 14 to 18 who are looked after by the Local Authority (in line with the Children Act 1989, and the Human Rights Act 1998 in relation to children who may be accommodated, in care or remanded or detained).

After Care Team

The After Care Team work with young people who have left care.  Our role is to support young people in becoming independent. We do not do things for them but support and encourage them to do it for themselves.
The team comprises senior personal advisors (qualified social workers), personal advisors (unqualified workers) and accommodation workers. Their work fulfils the requirement under the Children Act of 1989 and the Leaving Care Act 2000, which places a duty on the Local Authority to ‘assist, befriend and advise’ young
people who have left care.

Residential Services

We provide a high level of physical and emotional care for accommodated young people  aged 10 to 17 in order to provide a safe environment with clear boundaries to help young people develop.
The residential accommodation includes:

  • Medium-term accommodation for a small number of young people (minimum 6 months stay)
  • Three-month assessment placements for a small number of young people
  • An emergency bed (for up to 48 hours stay)

Fostering and Adoption Service

The service provides family based care for children looked after by Buckinghamshire County Council. For some children this is through a permanent alternative to living with their family of origin involving adoption or
long-term foster care.

For other children this may involve shorter alternative living arrangements with foster carers or for children with disabilities short periods of day care or other support to their families.

There are six teams within the Fostering and Adoption Service.   Each has distinct activities and is staffed by a team manager, senior social work practitioners, registered social workers, non social-work qualified staff and administrative support. All of the activities of the Fostering and Adoption Service are externally regulated and subject to OFSTED inspections.

Fostering Team

The team provides support and supervision to foster carers who live across Buckinghamshire and a comprehensive learning and development programme. These carers can be approved to look after up to three children of various ages from birth to 18 years, for periods of time that can vary from overnight to several years.

Family and Friends Team

The team is responsible for the assessment, supervision and support of relatives and friends of foster carers, including where children and young people are placed under Regulation 38 (in an emergency).  
We are also responsible for those applicants coming forward as Special Guardians and all
Private Fostering arrangements where children are living with someone who is not an immediate relative for more than 28 days.

Adoption Team

The Adoption Team is responsible for the recruitment, training and assessment of potential adopters. We also manage the:

  • post-approval support
  • training of adopters
  • matching children to suitable adopters
  • post-placement support

The team also works closely with children's’ social workers and foster carers to locate and assess the suitability of adopters able to meet the specific needs of individual children.

Adoption Support Team

The team provides support to all involved in adoption, including children, adopters, birth parents and other adults affected by adoption. We also provide advice and consultation to all professionals involved with adopted children, and often provide speakers at conferences and in-house training days.
The team is staffed by qualified social workers and includes a specialist play therapist. In
addition to individual confidential support the team provides adoption community support events, well attended groups for birth mothers and birth fathers,  for adopted teenagers, and for adopters.

Carer Recruitment Team

The team is responsible for the recruitment of adopters and foster carers and comprises qualified social workers and staff with specialist recruitment and marketing skills. We develop and deliver advertising and marketing campaigns across the county.

Take-a-Break Team

Take-a-Break recruits, trains and supervises volunteer carer families who provide short breaks through day care and overnight care in their own home for children with disabilities. Prospective carers are assessed by a qualified social worker and registered through the County Fostering Panel in the same way as foster carers.