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Family Support Team

The Family Support Team (FST) is part of the Disabled Children's Team. The team work across Richmond and Kingston. 

The role of the team is to:

  • Support referred children and young people through named allocated staff case holding.
  • Assess the needs of children and young people, identify and arrange services to meet those needs.
  • Support children and young people to have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers.
  • Review and monitor services provided to families we support.
  • Design, deliver and monitor support programmes such as behavioural management, reward systems or communication tools to assist children and families open to us.

Eligibility Criteria for this team

After a Social Care assessment has taken place the Disabled Children's Team can transfer/allocate cases to the Family Support Team if a child or young person:

  • is eligible for support from the DCT Social Work Team;
  • has no current safeguarding concerns;
  • is not looked after or leaving care;
  • has no more than 24 sessions of overnight care per year.

Cases can transfer back to DCT should there be any new safeguarding concerns or significant changes which require a social work reassessment and oversight.

Co working

In some circumstances, children can be referred by ISCD social workers to the Family Support Team for short term co-working to address particular issues for example; behaviour management. ‚Äč