Support person for a child with a severe or profound disability

The support person supports the child’s independent development in or outside the home.

The service is provided only during the day, when the child needs guidance, help and support the most. The city district government refers the child to the support person service after assessing the child’s need for help. Assessment is carried out for each family individually. The volume of the service is also determined during the assessment.

In Tallinn, the support person service is provided by the Tallinn Family Centre.

The service includes the following:

  1. teaching how to cope in everyday life both in and outside the home, including teaching how to take care of oneself and one’s surroundings
  2. support in communicating with family members or a support network, including assistance in establishing and maintaining relationships
  3. establishing and planning hobbies with the child, guiding them and offering motivation to ensure that the child pursues the hobbies consistently, if necessary
  4. administrative assistance in public or other institutions
  5. if necessary, accompanying the child on public transport or to meetings and events
  6. informing the child protection specialist of how the child has changed

What does the support person do with the child?

  • offers activities that foster development
  • converses with the child
  • helps resolve problems
  • helps establish and develop relationships and contacts
  • participates in the development of the child’s personal and everyday life skills
  • contributes to the development of the child’s work skills and the formation of work habits
  • assists and motivates the child when they are studying
  • helps the child to communicate with the people around them
  • teaches the child how to take care of themselves and encourages them to cope in everyday life
  • Where to start

    A support person is assigned by the social welfare department of the city district government. In order to obtain the service, be prepared to submit the following documents: the child’s rehabilitation plan; the decision of a medical professional on the severity of the disability; or written information material introducing the child.

    In the information material:

    • characterise the child
    • describe their skills and abilities, the specific nature of their behaviour and situations in which the child needs the service
    • describe the special conditions of care and the treatment plan prescribed by the doctor
    • explain the use of aids

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