Disabled children are focus for nearly quarter of children’s trusts

Eight out of the 35 children’s trusts will initially focus on
providing services for disabled children to prevent them from
having to undergo numerous assessments, writes Amy

The new structures bring health, social care and education
services together into a single body in order to provide more
joined up services for vulnerable children.

A significant number involve all or a range of services while
others have chosen to be more specialist at first. Their focuses
include disabled children, mental health, planning and
commissioning and looked after children with challenging

Four trusts will be centredaround schools, while Sheffield plans
to provide access to services through networks of extended schools,
and East Riding of Yorkshire will provide services through schools
as well as office bases.

Meanwhile, Hampshire is the only trust solely focusing on
services for children and young people with mental health problems
in the first instance, and Greenwich will initially look at
preventive work.

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