Continuing Care for Children

Children and Young People’s Continuing Care is organised differently for children and young people than for adults, children and young people can be referred through a number of different routes, settings and care pathways. Typically, the Continuing Care pathway is a 3 stage process:

1. Assessment

This part of the pathway will take into account the preferences of the child and their family, a holistic assessment of the child and their family (including a carer assessment) and reports/risks assessments from a multi-disciplinary team. The assessment will be health-led but will have involvement from health, social care and education.

The outcome of the assessment will be a recommendation as to whether the child or young person is eligible for continuing care and has needs that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services and as a result, require a package of care that involves bespoke commissioning and funding arrangements.

2. Decision Making

This part of the pathway typically involves a multi-disciplinary group who will decide on the recommendations and options put forward by the assessor. Commissioners will agree how the continuing care will be provided, resources needed to deliver the care and how much needs to be specially commissioned. This may be referred to as a Personal Health Budget. The care package may be jointly agreed and funded by social care and education.

3. Arrangement of Provision

This part of the pathway plans and commissions the processes needed to put in place a package of continuing care for the child or young person. All children and young people’s continuing care packages should be reviewed on a regular basis, this is typically 3 months after the initial assessment and then annually dependent on need.

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