I'm just completing the renewal form and am wondering about the statement from someone who knows the child. The service will presumably contact the professionals involved in LOs care and the school so I'm not sure who this statement is aimed at. Should it be a neighbour or friend who has occasionally babysat? She has 1-2-1 swimming lessons but I'd feel a bit uncomfortable asking the instructor to complete it - plus at the bottom it asks for the persons job title and profession. What are the implications of leaving it blank?
I've been so surprised at how relevant most of the questions are still. When I did the first application I didn't expect to get anything and we were awarded middle rate care. I assumed that as LO got older her issues would reduce but in fact I think she is now further away from her peers than she was 2 years ago.
Post by littlemisscheerful on Nov 18, 2013 21:09:45 GMT
Presumably it could be a family member or friend. I wouldn't have been comfortable asking for that info from my mum and dad, so I asked school. Teacher was fab. I enclosed letters from profs - I don't know if they were contacted by DWP.
I hate to disempower anyone but I would take some advice from cab so many people are going to tribunals at the moment so even if you have a go get a benefits advisor to go through it statement from school teacher used to be good
Married mum of two nearly adults !!! Grew up in care myself fostered for a long time so have a huge collection of much loved additional children. Fostering is forever xxxxxxx Just been approved for a sibling group who deserve to stay together - AS Left (5), AD Right (3) & AD Delight (13) xxx
Post by littlemisscheerful on Nov 19, 2013 7:14:29 GMT
Happyone that's useful to know. Monkey, I was helped by local autistic society. I enclosed detailed examples of where they needed additional help, and what happened when they didn't get it. Probably typed 10 pages for each application.
Our pasw came to spend some time with ds, although I had met her lots she hadn't actually met ds at that time. She also observed him at school. She then helped me complete dla application and was 'someone who knows the child'.
Mum to Snooz, a quirky but fab 17 year old with ASD and Tourettes.
Am rather chuffed that, despite dithering about sending off the apllication, it has been turned around in record time (received by DWP 5/1/14 and response received today) our care component has been renewed and we've also been awarded the lower rate mobility payment due to the high level supervision LO requires outdoors. In the event we didn't ask anyone to complete the section "someone who knows the child". Good luck to everyone else going through this process. MMx