Children`s services staff show `worrying lack of knowledge` about disability issues

    A “worrying lack of confidence and knowledge about disability
    issues” among some staff in mainstream children’s services, is
    highlighted in a new report.

    Staff must be appropriately trained if they play a key role in
    supporting disabled care leavers, says the report, prepared by
    three researchers from the centre for disability studies at Leeds
    University in collaboration with national leaving care advisory
    service First Key.

    It looks at implications of implementing the Children (Leaving
    Care) Act 2000 for disabled care leavers, which comes into effect
    in October.

    Local authorities may need more specific guidance on completing
    Quality Protects data returns in management action plans, as there
    is confusion and inconsistency in recording the numbers of looked
    after disabled children, it says.

    Local authorities need reliable information and monitoring
    systems to identify all children who are approaching their
    fourteenth birthday and who may be eligible for an assessment under
    the Disabled Person’s Act 1986.


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