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Shared Care Scheme

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What is Shared Care?

Shared Care provides family based short term breaks for children with a disability. Breaks can be anything from a few hours, to overnight stays or a weekend or even longer in exceptional circumstances.

The scheme is free to all children with a disability resident in West Essex providing they are assessed as needing the service by Essex County Council's local Children with Disabilities team.

The aim of shared care is to provide children with an enjoyable & positive experience whilst providing a short break for their families.

Who provides shared care?

Accuro's shared carers are all volunteers specifically recruited for this task. Each shared carer goes through a careful assessment process that involves Accuro seeking references, an enhanced DBS Check (formerly known as CRB Check) and a medical. All potential carers are required to undergo a training programme specifically designed for shared carers before they can commence looking after a child.

Shared carers are ordinary people. They may be single or married, with or without children, etc. They all have plenty of common sense, a good sense of humour, are reliable and may have previous experience of working with children with a disability.

Once approved by our Shared Care Panel carers are provided with on-going support and training and receive expenses to cover the costs they incur or an agreed sessional amount for our fee paid carers. The approval of all carers is reviewed annually & parents/children are asked to contribute to this review.

Many of our shared carers have been with us for a number of years & have formed very positive & close relationships with the children/young people that they care for & their families. They have all found the experience rewarding and some have progressed on to take further qualifications and/or pursue careers in the care, nursing or education sectors.

Registration

Accuro's Shared Care Scheme is inspected & regulated by Ofsted as an Independent Fostering Agency. During our last inspection (August 2012) Ofsted graded our project as 'Good' on all the criteria it assessed except one which was rated 'Outstanding'. Copies of the Ofsted inspection report can be viewed on their website - www.ofsted.gov.uk - or paper copies can be obtained from Accuro's office.

Inspectors noted that 'This service (Accuro) provides excellent outcomes for children and young people. Where possible, the service seeks the wishes and feelings of children and young people on a regular basis and this influences their care'

What Ofsted said about our carers -
'Carers make incredible efforts over and above what is expected of them
to ensure that children and young people feel part of their family when they visit'






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