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Children and young people who have additional needs that require services will be assessed according to Sefton’s existing threshold of needs by mean of  Early Help (Sefton.gov website) or social care single assessment, which you can find by clicking above. 

Enquiries or referrals in relation to Early Help, Social Care or Safeguarding can be accessed by calling the Integrated Front Door on 0345 1400845

The Social Care Advice Line

The Social Care Phone Advice Line provides information for parents or professionals about social care assessments and the range of services available. 

The telephone number is 0151 9342196

Voice mails will be responded to by a social worker within 7 days.

Please note that all referrals for social care assessment or concerns about a child should continue to be referred through our Integrated Front Door.

Designated Social Care Officer (DSCO) for SEND 0-25

The Role of the DSCO

  • To improve strategic leadership and engagement with the SEND system among social workers
  • Having a strategic oversight of Social Care services 0-25 for people with SEND
  • Supporting co-production with parents and carers.
  • Promoting the voices of children and young people.
  • Ensuring that Social Care, Health and SEND processes are cohesive and that there is a good level of cooperation and coproduction.
  • Monitoring the services offered and the Local Offer, in relation to the social care offer.
  • Delivering positive outcomes in line with the graduated approach.
  • Monitoring the quality and timeliness of social care advice for EHCPs.
  • Supporting workforce development in relation to SEND and Social Care.
  • Being a point of contact for queries social care may have in relation to children/young people with SEN and Disabilities.
  • Signposting to other services/advice and support, including the Local Offer.


  • Having a commitment and passion for improving the lives and outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families through collaboration, coproduction, oversight and innovation and by improving understanding and knowledge across social care.

Sefton’s Designated Social Care Officer (DSCO) for SEND is Rufus Beer.

If you would like to contact him about a SEND social care matter, please use the following

e-mail address rufus.beer@sefton.gov.uk

Rufus Beer

3rd Floor                                                                       

Magdalen House

Trinity Road Bootle

L20 3NJ

Tel: 07805302521

We are always looking at improving Sefton’s SEND Local Offer, click here to give us feedback.

Last Updated

Last updated: 27/02/2024

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