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The Child Befriending service is provided for children with a moderate to severe disability.

Funding
The majority of funding for this service is received from social services in conjunction with  referrals made by them for children with severe disabilities who live within the Portsmouth City Boundaries (and those who are in receipt of direct payments).  Additional Local Authority funding for 'Short Breaks' enables the service to extend to families of children with moderate to severe disabilities who are not necessarily supported via the statutory social care system .

Expenses for activities are additional and must be met by the parents or carers.

What is Child Befriending
Child befriending enables children with disabilities to access a wide range of community based activities, recreational pursuits and community events with one to one trained  sessional staff member on a regular basis.

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This service provides opportunities for the child to develop their social skills and enjoy participating in activities that the majority of mainstream children take for granted.

While this service can provide short term support  for families in crisis, the majority require long term input.  This enables staff members to build up an ongoing working relationship with the children and families over a long period of time.

Activities
The activities are leisure based, focusing on the child's interests.  These may include swimming, cinema, bowling, shopping and even support to attend youth groups.

Staff
All staff are required to have an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check before working with children.  Staff are also required to complete in house training including hands on work with special needs children.

To apply
Parents of children with severe disabilities should initially contact their social worker to make a referral.

Anyone interested in becoming a sessional worker should contact Enable Ability or complete our on line application form.