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Greenwich Parent Voice

Rescource allocation tool

Royal Borough of Greenwich needs your views now to shape both the provision and eligibility for short breaks. It is vital we all use our voice to make sure what we all get the support we need. The council is re-designing the Resource allocation tool and this is up for consultation now.

Here's what they say:

"Resource Allocation Tool
This is an important tool and it is vital that we get it right. We have already met with a number of parents to discuss this tool at different consultation events across the council and will now extend the consultation. 

What is the Resource Allocation System (RAS)?
This Resource Allocation System (RAS) questionnaire is designed to help families participate in decision making about social care funding and is shared openly with them.

This tool looks specifically at short break and care support needed for the child/young person. The RAS questionnaire is a tool the family and social worker/keyworker use to work together to establish the level of support needed.

Families should have copies of the questionnaire in advance so that that they can score themselves before meeting with the social worker/keyworker. This gives the family the opportunity to consider the questions and to begin to identify for themselves what level of support they think is needed. The family should have the opportunity to be supported in this initial exercise if they wish.

The questionnaire will then be completed jointly with a social worker during a visit when a joint score is agreed. The family have the opportunity to include comments at the end if they feel the score does not reflect their need or if there is discrepancy between what the family and professional have scored.

During a review of support it may not be a social worker who completes the RAS with the family. At the review, the RAS may be updated with a Keyworker and the family.

Before we finalise the tool and guidance notes we want to make sure we hear from relevant stakeholders. Please share your views on the tool and the guidance notes.

To see the draft primary RAS allocation tool please click here.

To see the draft secondary RAS allocation tool please click here.

To see the RAS guidance notes please click here.

Please email your comments on the documents to Jodi.mathers@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. Alternatively you can drop off or post any written feedback attention Jodi Mathers, The Woolwich centre, 35 Wellington Street, SE18 6HQ.

The consultation will remain open until 10th October. All feedback will be considered for the final versions of the tool."