Children's disability service
The children’s disability service combines the children’s disability team and children’s occupational therapy team.
The children’s disability team is a specialist team of social workers, social work assistants, a specialist information officer and business support.
Our team support families with children aged 0 - 18 who have a severe, profound or complex disability that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on them, this includes children and young people with severe learning and/or physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Condition, complex health issues, and severe hearing, vision and communication difficulties.
We undertake child and family assessments to inform a personalised support plan drawn up to address the child and family’s needs, which often provides the provision of specialist short breaks (respite) support.
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).
Referrals can be made in the following ways:
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) a specialist support service from children's safeguarding and social care. MASH can be contacted directly or by a professional working with a family.
Short Breaks Online Assessment Our assessment tool used to streamline access to short breaks, without the need to undergo a full social work assessment.
Applications made in this way are reviewed and assessed by our social workers.
Common Assessment Framework (CAF) This is intended to be used as an assessment that looks at the issues affecting the family with a strong focus on how to improve the situation and who are the best agencies to support them.
For more information, please contact us.