Children's Disability Services is a co-located multi-disciplinary team of professionals from social care and education. The Disability Support Team is responsible for:
- Short Breaks and External Provisions Team
- The Cygnets (Short Breaks provision for children with disabilities)
- Specialist Social Work Team
- Vision Support Service
- Hearing Support Service
- Physical Disability Service
We work with disabled children, their families and educational providers where the primary issue is the impact of the child's disability on the family or their ability to access the curriculum. The service also works with families if there is a need for specialist multi agency support:
- with access to universal and targeted services due to the child's level of need
- if there is a risk of family breakdown due to parents/carers feeling overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a disabled child
- to access the curriculum or the school environment
- children with complex health care conditions requiring a co-ordinated package of care across a range of agencies
- if the child’s welfare and development may be significantly impaired as a result of the child’s disability and/or parenting capacity
- if the child is in need of help and protection and has complex communication needs
Our aim is to provide assessment, co-ordinated support and provision to disabled children and their families. Based on an assessment of need, the service is able to commission a range of external provision. This includes evening and weekend short breaks within universal/mainstream activities. It also includes homecare support services through local Domiciliary Care Agencies.
All referrals to the Children's Disability Social Work Service are via a Children's Services Assessment of Need.
If you feel that your child has multiple and complex disabilities and requires an assessment of need, please contact the Integrated Multi Agency Partnership on 01724 296500. If your child is already involved with Children's Disability Services, an assessment can be requested by your existing worker.
Alternatively, talk to a professional who knows you and your child well and ask them about an Early Help Assessment. An Early Help Assessment can be completed by any professional working with a child and family. It is used to highlight need and support at the earliest possible point.
Locally, we have short breaks for disabled children. All disabled children registered for short breaks can receive 114 hours of activity per year. You can access this without a Children's Services Assessment or an Early Help Assessment by registering with the External Provision and Short Breaks Team on 01724 407988.