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Development and Provision of Support Services for Disabled Children

ESF project “Development and Provision of Support Services for Disabled Children”

Activity “Development and Provision of Support Services for Disabled Children” of the project “Development and Provision of Support Services for Disabled Children and Promotion of Combining Work and Family Life” carried out in the framework of the European Social Fund’s action “Social Welfare Services Supporting Participation in the Labour Market” for 2014–2022.

Objective: To develop and provide support services aimed at children with a severe or profound disability – childcare, support person and transport as a supporting service – so that the services would be available to all whose need for such services has been assessed by the local child protection or social work specialist (requires an activity plan of the case plan in the Social Services and Benefits Registry (STAR)).

Target Group: Children with a severe or profound disability aged 0–17 (inclusive).

Funding: For the ESF period 2014–2022, EUR 31,974,592 has been set for the “Development and Provision of Support Services for Disabled Children” plus state co-financing of EUR 5,642,575, which totals EUR 37,617,168.

Duration: 01.09.2014–31.12.2022

Activities: Within the framework of the project, childcare and support person services and transport service as a supporting service are developed and provided to children with a severe or profound disability aged 0–17 who are in great need of care (a child means a person below the age of 18 according to § 3 (2) of the Child Protection Act).

The services may be applied for by the legal representative (parent or guardian) of a child with a severe or profound disability or a person providing foster care, provided the residence of such a person and the child is registered in the Republic of Estonia.

Applying for the services begins with the local authority. First, the child’s legal representative must contact the local authority of their residence where the parent is explained the conditions and procedure for being granted the services organised by the local authority (each year through a support fund the state allocates funds to local authorities for the provision of support services) and additional financing possibilities (Social Insurance Board’s ESF funding). The local authority must assess the need for the services in respect of each individual child with a severe or profound disability. The need for the service is assessed by the local authority and recorded in the activity plan of the child’s case plan. In assessing the need for the service the child protection official talks to the parent and assesses the need for the service by way of an appropriate assessment tool (for example, the child welfare handbook). The local authority official also has the right to request from the applicant additional documents (rehabilitation plan, development plan drawn up by an educational institution) and talk to the people who belong to the child’s important network.

 

 

Contacts of project team

Puudega laste tugiteenuste nõunik juhi ülesannetes Marta Rohtla 5359 1608 [email protected]

Projekti koordinaatorid on jagatud maakondade kaupa:

Tööpiirkonnad: Tallinn, Harjumaa, Raplamaa

Tööpiirkonnad: Lääne-Virumaa, Ida-Virumaa, Järvamaa

  • Maria Viidebaum, 5886 2276 [email protected] (Paldiski mnt 80, 15092 Tallinn)

    Tööpiirkonnad: Tartumaa, Jõgevamaa, Valgamaa, Võrumaa, Põlvamaa

Tööpiirkonnad: Viljandimaa, Läänemaa, Pärnumaa, Hiiumaa, Saaremaa

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