Children's disability service
The children’s disability service is a specialist social care team who provide advice and information to families with children who have disabilities and/or additional needs from birth to 18 years.
Our team of social workers, social work assistants, a specialist advisor and the social care occupational therapy team support children and young people who have a severe, profound or complex disability that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on them.
Included in this group are children and young people with severe learning and/or physical disabilities, behaviours that challenge (ASC), health issues, hearing and visual difficulties, communication and learning needs.
A child and their family are entitled to an assessment of their needs under section 17 of the Childrens Act 1989. This assessment also highlights the needs of carers. Our team completes the assessment using the National Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (DH 2000).
Some families may wish to have their needs identified by a professional who knows them and a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) may be more appropriate to identify how needs can be met locally, without the need for a specialist social care support/intervention.
The children’s disability service will:
- Assess the eligibility of the needs of children with disabilities and their families
- Provide specialist short break (respite) support to meet identified needs that cannot be met by universal/mainstream services
- Work closely with other social care teams to ensure that children with disabilities in need of safeguarding and protection are planned for appropriately
- Be responsible for placing, monitoring and reviewing the needs of children with disabilities in care.
For more information, please contact us.