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Northamptonshire KeyWorking Service for children and young people age 0 to 25years with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, who are at risk of admission to a mental health ward or where families and professionals believe things are escalating and without support this could be an outcome.

The Keyworking Function has been developed as a response to the NHS England and NHS Improvement Long Term Plan  commitment that by 2023/24, children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both, with the most complex needs will have a designated Keyworker: implementing the recommendations made by Dame Christine Lenehan.The vision: Children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both with the most complex needs will have a designated Keyworker.


  • Improve children and young people’s lived experience so they feel safe and happy, listened to,informed and involved in their plans, care and support
  • Improve parent/carers & families' lived experience so they have reduced stress and uncertainty,are more stable feel listened to, informed and involved
  • Improving access - timely access to the right personalised support, assessment, care and support are integrated across education, health, social care and voluntary, community services
  • Continuity of care and support
  • Well planned and well managed transitions
  • Improving quality of care, reasonably adjusted support, reducing inequalities, implementation of Care and Education Treatment Review (CETR) recommendations
  • Outcomes agreed with young person and family

In order to access the Keyworking Service the young person must be on the Dynamic Support Register. For more information on the Dynamic Support Register, please contact Transforming Care Team - [email protected]

  • Brackley Area
  • Corby Area
  • Daventry Area
  • East Northants Area
  • Kettering Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • North Northamptonshire
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Age range
Suitable for ages from 0 to 25 months
Referral route
  • Professional Referral
  • Self Referral
For people with
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Learning Disabilities
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Age Range - Adulthood
  • Diagnosis
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support

Service hours



Voluntary Impact Centre, St Giles St


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Last updated 19 February 2024