An integrated service for Looked After and Adopted children.
From April this year anyone needing to access emotional health services for looked after and adopted children will be able to access SCAYT+, an integrated service which is the merger of the CLASS (Children Looked After Support Service), in North and Central Lancashire, and SCAYT (Supporting Carers of Children and Young People Looked After Together), in East Lancashire, teams.
The new service, which has combined the two teams' resources, will continue to provide the high level of advice and support which was described as 'excellent' in the recent Children Looked After and Safeguarding Ofsted and Care Quality Commission Inspection.
SCAYT+ will provide a targeted service of advice on emotional health and wellbeing to children looked after, foster carers, residential and other child care staff. Adopted children and their parents will also continue to be seen by the service. The team will also provide an immediate response following any issues raised by the completion of the Strengths and Difficulties (SDQ) questionnaires, a national indicator for the 'Emotional Health of Children Looked After'.
As part of this development we will be expanding our carer consultation slots to the North and Central areas and multi agency consultations to the East to provide a cross county service.
Our new service will continue to have two geographical bases and contact details will remain the same.
Carers booking a 'Caring Advice That Helps' (CATH) slot and looked after children professionals requesting service involvement can contact the SCAYT+ Team on: 01772 538880.
Adoptive families will continue to access the service through the Lancashire Post Adoption Service on 01772 538769.