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Haringey Social Services - Disabled Children's Team - Tel: 020 8489 3671. (New cases call mornings and Wednesday pm)

You can self-refer here if you need help and respite, or are not coping, though most referrals come through health workers, schools, the CDC at St Ann's Hospital or the new CAF form from the educational statementing process. The team will meet the family and child, make an assessment, discuss needs, offer advice and in some cases offer residential provision or after-school, holiday or home-based respite care.

Some children get an allocated social worker but most do not. For most children, you will just ask for the duty manager.

Social Workers (who have children allocated to them) include Pat Hampson 020 8489 3686, Zoolanda Oloka 020 8489 3415, Julie Siani 020 8489 3643 and Anita Perkins 020 8489 3677.

The Transitions team help to plan provision after school and can be involved from age 14 up.

HINTS (Home Intervention Service) can offer support and advice in the home to pre-schoolers.

CDP (Community Development Project) is mainly aimed at BME families with children under 5.

HINTS/CDP workers are Dilek McQuaid 020 8489 3463, Kujit Gautam 020 8489 3462, Eleni Manoli 020 8489 2419 and Pauletta Robinson 020 8489 3462.

What respite can they offer?

If your child is assessed for and then granted respite, it can come in a number of ways.

1. FamilyLink

- very over-stretched respite service with huge waiting list, FamilyLink workers are essentially kindly volunteers who get paid expenses and will look after your child at home or take them out for a few hours a week, or even overnight. If you can suggest someone who might with training be a suitable person to help with your child (eg a reliable neighbour), this may possibly speed things up. Tel: 8489 1466/8489 1448.

2. Breathing Space - (a respite service for children with disabilities including autism)

Respite service for parents with children with autism and other disabilities aged up to 18 years. Children can be referred by the Disabled Children's Team, HINTS or social workers. Presently serving a number of families on a regular basis offering for example 2 hours a week either in the home, or taking the child out. The hours can be accumulated so that you could take, for example, 8 hours a month. Run by Ann Hewitt (tel 8889 5941) and Jasmine Wong (tel 8489 4569).

3. Direct Payments - You may be allocated a certain number of hours of care per week at around 9 to 10 per hour. This is then paid monthly into a bank account you set up specially for the purpose. You find and hire the worker and pay them, deducting any due taxes and national insurance contributions. Direct Payments can put you in touch with someone who can work out the deductions for you for a small fee if you wish to use this system but do not feel confident of the accounting side.

4. After school, holiday or weekend/overnight respite.

You may find it easier to have respite in the form of a regular after school or holiday playscheme with tranport provided. The Disabled Children's Team uses after school provision with Team Spirit at the Brook and Riverside, the Markfield Project, and Haslemere Road, and also overnight respite at Haslemere Road for over8s. Some children who are at Radlett Lodge School have in the past had occasional overnight respite at this school.

Other carers/respite possibilities:-

Voluntary help with your child at home - a couple of hours a week support from volunteer teams at Markfield, 020 8800 4134 and at Resources for Autism Tel 020 8458 3259. There are waiting lists for both.

Befrienders - Kith and Kids. There is a waiting list. (The NAS no longer run their befriending service)

Black and Minority Ethnic Carers' Support Service

Based at Selby Centre, Selby Road, London N17 8JL. Tel: 020 8808 5510.

Providing respite care to members of the black and ethnic minority communities.

8489 8980

Haringey Consortium of Disabled People and Carers(HCDC), 551b High Rd Tottenham - respite care at low cost, advice and support. 8801 5757.

For private respite care, try Special People, an agency supplying babysitters, teachers, childminders, etc for children with Special Needs, and run by a mother with an ASD child. Based at Palace for All, The Old Laundry, Sparsholt Rd, N19. 020 7686 0253.

(see also Leisure/respite section)