Referrals

Referring a Child or Young Person

If the child/young adult is aged between 6 to 19 years, has a recognised disability or care/support need, and lives in South West Northumberland, then he or she meets the criteria for involvement in WECAN activity sessions. 

WECAN aims to meet the needs of as many children and young people with additional needs living in South West Northumberland as possible. We recognise the range of  care and health needs and differing levels of financial support provided to families of these children and young people.

This summary provides information for parents/carers and professionals about the criteria for referral of a child/young person to our service.  The following steps should be followed:-

Step One

Does the child/young adult fall under one of these categories?

  • Have an allocated Social Worker OR
  • Is in receipt of a Personal Budget/Direct Payments

Step Two

If YES then please follow the guidelines in Section A or B below for specific referral process

Step Three

If NO, don’t worry, there are other methods of involving them in WECAN,  please follow the guidelines in Sections C below.

Please Note:

If after reading this document you are in any doubt which method of referral to follow to refer your child to WECAN, please contact the WECAN Office on 07741 480 188 where a member of the WECAN staff will be happy to guide you.
  • Your named Social Worker can refer your child/young adult to WECAN via Northumberland County Council’s Family Support Team. Please contact your Social Worker to discuss a referral.
  • The Social Worker will discuss with you the aims of your child’s involvement in WECAN, recommend the frequency of their attendances to the sessions and set a date for review of their involvement.
  • Following your child’s social worker making a referral to the Family Support Team, the Social Worker, WECAN Manager and a representative from the Family Support Team will arrange to meet with you and your child/young adult to discuss their individual care needs and agree the objectives of involvement in WECAN.

The cost of your child/young adult’s involvement in WECAN sessions via this referral method are met by Northumberland County Council Family Support Team. However, as a registered Charity WECAN relies on regular donations by parents/carers to fund the increasing cost of activities. Please speak to the WECAN Manager if you would like to donate to our general running costs.

  • If your child/young adult has a Personal Budget or is in receipt of Direct Payments you can contact WECAN directly on 07741 480 188 (email info@WECANenable.co.uk) to request a referral for them to participate in our activity sessions.
  • When you make contact, the WECAN Manager will ask you to complete some Information Forms and to return them to the WECAN Office. Once these forms are returned, the WECAN Manager will arrange to meet with you and your child/young adult to discuss their individual care needs, and to agree the objectives of involvement in WECAN. Where possible, the WECAN Manager will liaise with other professionals involved in the care and support of your child or young adult for additional information to help make a decision whether WECAN is appropriate for your child or young adult.
  • The WECAN Manager will arrange to meet with you and your child/young adult to discuss their individual care needs and agree the objectives of involvement in WECAN.
  • Once your child/young adult attends WECAN sessions you will be invoiced on a monthly basis with the cost of their attendance to each session, these costs are as follows:-
  • Saturday Club Session (3 hrs) – £39.00 (this cost is higher if staff support ratio is greater than 1:1)
  • School Holiday Sessions (6 hrs) – £78.00 (this cost is higher if staff support ratio is greater than 1:1)
  • If you are the parent/carer of a child/young adult without an allocated Social Worker or a Personal Budget and they don’t receive Direct Payments to fund activity/short break activities, WECAN as a Charity have specific funds available to support your child/young adult’s involvement in activity sessions on a fortnightly basis.
  • Please contact WECAN direct on 07741 480 188 to discuss referral of your child/young adult or email us at info@WECANenable.co.uk
  • When you make contact, the WECAN Manager will ask you to complete some information forms (not capital letters) and to return them to the WECAN Office. Once these forms are returned the WECAN Manager will arrange to meet with you and your child/young adult to discuss their individual care needs and agree the objectives of involvement in WECAN. Where possible, the WECAN Manager will liaise with other professionals involved in the care and support of your child or young adult for additional information to help make a decision whether WECAN is suitable for your child or young adult.
  • Whilst the main cost of your child/young adults participation in sessions will be covered by WECAN, you are asked to pay a session fee to assist with the cost of activities, these fees are as follows:-

Saturday Club – £7.50 per week

Holiday Sessions – £12.50 per day