Social Care services for children and young people with a disability

Some children are born with a very clear disability such as Downs Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy and some have a disability that becomes recognised as time goes on.

In the early years from 0- 3 years old all children, no matter their ability, have the same basic need to be loved and cared for, and are dependent on their parents/carers givers to have all their needs met.

As children grow and move into nursery/school age their development can be very different from one another.  Sometimes by talking through your worries with professionals, attached to your children centre or at the educational setting you can gain some ideas for strategies in supporting your child. 

From around the age of 5 onwards the difference becomes more challenging for parents/families to cope with and this could be the right time to ask you support from the team.

When contacting the Children with Disabilities team you will be spoken to by the duty worker, who will ask a variety of questions including who in your extended family can support you, what professionals are involved and what help are you hoping for from an assessment.  It is important to note at this time that we cannot assess you to have childcare while you go out to work or if you want to move house.  For these services you would need to look at the links at the bottom of the page.  All children that meet the criteria of the team have an EHC plan and are likely to be dependent on services for life.

Once it has been agreed an assessment can be carried out, a worker from the team will visit you at home, contact medical and educational professionals and then write up an assessment with recommendations of support to be offered.  If the outcome is ongoing support there will be a plan put together and this will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Early Years and Childcare
Children, Young People and Families

Last Updated: 5 August 2019