Children Services

Our aim is to support families and help them care for their children. If a family is experiencing difficulties it is much better for the children if we can work together to improve things.

We may work directly with the family and other agencies to improve the situation and make sure that the child is safe or we may put the family in touch with other services that can be of assistance to them.

We are currently working on re-establishing a parents' support group for children with additional needs.

The main legislation that informs our work is The Children's Ordinance 1994. It is currently being reviewed and the Children Bill is at the consultation stage. This legislation is based upon the Children Act 1989 in England and Wales.

Foster Care

We have a small number of foster carers on East and West Falkland Islands and we are currently recruiting more carers. It is hoped that we will be able to establish a pool of carers in the community to provide emergency, short term and long-term placements for children and young people.

Adult Services

We provide support to vulnerable adults in the community, people with mental health issues and those with complex needs.

Services range from assessing individual needs at home and access to community support - these are completed alongside the District and Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN).

Sheltered Housing

There are 27 Sheltered Accommodation units over three sites in Stanley, two within close proximity to the hospital and the other in the town centre. The mobile warden visits the residents and deals with day to day tasks including out of hours cover for emergencies.

Acorns

The team is also responsible for an adult community group called Acorns; this is a registered charity which meets two mornings a week at the hospital. An additional session takes place under the co-ordination of the CPN on a Thursday evening. Working alongside service-users, core volunteers and other health staff the group includes young adults with additional needs, adults with mental health needs and older people from the community and residents from sheltered housing.

Probation

The team has incorporated a Probation caseload and after a 12 month locum position, has attained a Probation Officer on a 2 year contract. The Probation Officer is responsible for managing Community Rehabilitation and Service cases, as well as providing Pre-Sentence Reports for the Court. The Probation Officer will also assess risk, and deliver appropriate offence-focused and criminogenic-related programmes for individuals in the community or within a custodial environment, such as anger management and alcohol awareness.

Welfare

Social Services assess and assist with applications for Welfare Assistance and Attendance Allowance (a non means tested allowance for children and adults with additional needs to buy in services).

All assessments are reviewed regularly and work alongside the Employment Programme. This programme provides placements and support for young people and adults who have been unemployed for 6 weeks or more and / or have additional needs.

Opening Hours

Reception

Monday to Friday

08.30 – 17.00 

Tel: 28000

Casualty

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 16.30 

Out of hours  Tel: 28052

The casualty nurse is On-Call for all emergencies or ambulance call outs.

Pharmacy 

Monday - Friday

09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00

Primary Care Appointments

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 16.30

Wednesday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 15.30

Dental appointments

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 15.30

Tel: 28020