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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 2014–2020.

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 2014–2020, 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: 01.09.2014–31.12.2020

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.

For being granted the services the parent must fill in an application (728.67 KB, RTF) (RTF) and send it digitally signed to the regional coordinator’s e-mail address or the customer service of the Social Insurance Board who will make a copy of the applicant’s identity document, if necessary, and send the documents to the regional coordinator of the Social Insurance Board.

It is important to know that the transport service can only be applied for along with other support services because the service is not provided independently for visiting an educational institution, rehabilitation institution, health care institution or other, but merely in cases where the child needs to be transported to childcare or to the support person and back.

Length of Proceedings: An application is replied to within 30 calendar days as of its registration or receipt. Depending on the complexity of the reply in the case of a special need, the deadline for replying may be extended to up to two months. The person is informed of the extension of the deadline and the reason for the extension.

The annual volume of the services is up to EUR 4918 a calendar year per child. The number of hours of services provided depends on the price list of the service provider but it may not be lower than 702 h of service a year if the child receives one-on-one childcare or support person service. If the child is in care in an institution or the childcarer has more than one child to care for, one has the right to a minimum of 878 hours of service a year.

If the child also uses the transport service, the maximum volume of the support person or childcare service is decreased correspondingly.

The annual monetary volume of the services can be used within a calendar year and it will not be transferred to the next year or paid to the parent in money.

The right to the services begins on the date of issue of the relevant decision by the coordinator and expires on the date indicated in the decision. In general, decisions are effective until the date of expiry of the decision on the degree of severity of the disability, until the end of the project activities (31.12.2020) or until the child attains the age of majority.

The provision of services for the amount intended for the services may only be applied from the Social Insurance Board’s procurement partners.

 

 

 

 

Contacts of project team

Puudega laste tugiteenuste juht Ebeli Berkman 5349 0652 Ebeli.Berkman@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Nõunik Marta Rohtla 5359 1608 Marta.Rohtla@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Projekti koordinaatorid on jagatud maakondade kaupa:

Tööpiirkonnad: Tallinn, Harjumaa, Raplamaa

Tööpiirkonnad: Lääne-Virumaa, Ida-Virumaa, Järvamaa

Tööpiirkonnad: Tartumaa, Jõgevamaa, Valgamaa, Võrumaa, Põlvamaa

Tööpiirkonnad: Viljandimaa, Läänemaa, Pärnumaa, Hiiumaa, Saaremaa

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