Child Care

There are a range of Child Care Social Work Teams within the Trust:

Family Support and Intervention Teams

These teams implement case plans and review services to children and their families who have been assessed as being in need (including child protection) under the Children Order (NI 1995).

Contact details:

Antrim Family Support and Intervention Team
Fieldwork Office
30 Station Road
Antrim
BT41 4AB
Tel: 028 9441 6555

Ballymena Family Support and Intervention Team 1
Slemish Community Services Centre
Braid Valley Hospital Site
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2563 5640

Ballymena Family Support and Intervention Team 2
Slemish Community Services Centre
Braid Valley Hospital Site
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2563 5640

Ballymoney Family Support and Intervention Team
Armour Day Centre
Newal Road
Ballymoney
BT53 6HD
Tel: 028 2766 1808

Carrickfergus Family Support and Intervention Team
Carrickfergus Social Services Centre
Antrim
BT38 8AZ
Tel: 028 9331 5114

Coleraine Family Support and Intervention Team
7A Castlerock Road
Coleraine
BT51 3HP
Tel: 028 7035 2221

Cookstown Family Support and Intervention Team
2 Westland Road
Cookstown
BT80 8BX
Tel: 028 8672 3938

Magherafelt Family Support and Intervention Team
Magherafelt Community Services Centre
Magherafelt
BT45 5EG
Tel: 028 7936 6840

Newtownabbey Family Support and Intervention Team Under 11
Glengormley Community Services Centre
40 Carnmoney Road
Newtownabbey
BT36 6HP
Tel: 028 9083 1444

Newtownabbey Family Support and Intervention Team Over 11
Glengormley Community Services Centre
40 Carnmoney Road
Newtownabbey
BT63 6HP
Tel: 028 9083 1444

Looked After Children (LAC) Teams

The service seeks to return children/young people in care to live with their birth family/extended family, offering support while this happens, but where return is not possible, to find a permanent option using a variety of legal options.

Teams regularly visit children/young people to support and monitor their well being and also to listen to their views about their situation. They prepare a Care Plan for each child to facilitate development of his/her physical and emotional well being, including regular contact with schools and to update on the progress of the children/young people. 

Contact details:

Antrim Looked After Children Team
Fieldwork Office
30 Station Road
Antrim
BT41 4AB
Tel: 028 9441 6555

Ballymena Looked After Children Team
Slemish Community Services Centre
Braid Valley Hospital Site
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2563 5640

Ballymoney Looked After Children Team
Riverside House
28 Portstewart Road
Coleraine
BT51 1RN
Tel: 028 7035 8158

Coleraine Looked After Children Team
Riverside House
28 Portstewart Road
Coleraine
BT51 1RN
028 7035 8158

Larne Looked After Children Team
Moyle Community Services Centre
Larne
BT40 1RP
028 2826 6124/5

Magherafelt and Cookstown Looked After Children Team
Sperrin House
48 Queens Avenue
Magherafelt
BT45 6BY
Tel: 028 7930 1700

Newtownabbey Looked After Children Team
Glengormley Community Services Centre
40 Carnmoney Road
Newtownabbey
BT36 6HP
Tel: 028 9083 1444 

Children’s Disability Teams

There are four teams located across the Trust area. The teams work with children/young people up to the age of 18, with a range of severe learning or physical disabilities or sensory impairments. Some may have serious health problems or major illnesses.

The service aims to enable children/young people with a disability to live as normal a life as possible in their own homes.

The service attempts to work in partnership with children and their carers to minimise the effects of the child’s disability and based on assessed need, to create opportunities for children/young people to reach their full potential.

This service provides:

  • Assessment of children in need as per Children’s Order and monitor support services offered to them, such as respite.
  • The opportunity for families to talk about the children/young people and to provide information about services available to them. This often leads to direct work with children/young people who have a disability who are experiencing difficulties.
  • Liaison with a wide range of health professionals, for example, Occupational Therapists and Paediatricians to provide a co-ordinated service and linking with education services and schools. Liaison with family support services, for example, childminding, playgroups and support groups.
  • Assessment and provision of specialist equipment for children with sensory impairment.
  • Carrying out investigations under Child Protection Procedures if informed a child is at risk.
  • In some cases children/young people with disabilities become accommodated/looked after and this team would provide the statutory support to this small number.

Contact details:

Ballymena Children with a Disability Team
Slemish Community Services Centre
Braid Valley Hospital Site
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2563 5640

Carrickfergus Children with a Disability Team
Carrickfergus Social Services
Carrickfergus
BT38 8AZ
Tel: 028 9331 5114

Coleraine Children with a Disability Team
Riverside House
28 Portstewart Road
Coleraine
BT51 1RN
Tel: 028 7035 8158

Magherafelt Children with a Disability Team
Sperrin House
48 Queens Avenue
Magherafelt
BT45 6BY
Tel: 028 7930 1700

Sharing the Care Short Break Service

The Sharing the Care Short Break Service means that children with disabilities can spend some time with other families who are carefully chosen and vetted by Trust staff. 
The purpose of this is two-fold: 

 

  • To enhance the quality of a child’s life by providing opportunities to make new friends, and the chance to enjoy new experiences.
  • Secondly, to offer parents with a disabled child some respite, which literally means a ‘period of rest’. During that time they can ‘recharge their batteries’, spend some free time together, or with other family members, thereby enabling them to cope better with the demands of disabilities. 

 

 

 

 

 

16+ Teams 
There are three 16+ Teams across the Trust area. The 16+ teams provide support to care leavers and to vulnerable young people who are 16+ years and are still in education. The service offers advice, support and guidance regarding accommodation, health promotion, benefits, employment, training, education, budgeting, setting up home, networking with key agencies, social skills, life skills and leisure recreation.

The services enable young people to make the transition to adult independence successfully by working in partnership with them and helping them to make positive choices for themselves within a supportive framework.
It helps young people maximise their life chances and reach their full potential.

Contact details:

16+ Antrim and Personal Advisor Team
Oriel House
2-8 Castle Street
Antrim
BT41 4JE
Tel: 028 9442 6102

16+ Ballymoney and Personal Advisor Team
Route Site
8e Coleraine Road
Ballymoney
BT53 6BD
Tel: 028 2766 1525

16+ Magherafelt and Personal Advisor Team
15 Fairhill Road
Magherafelt
BT45 6BL
Tel: 028 7930 1771

 

Page last updated:15 August 2018