We provide a range of different services to support disabled children and their families. Wherever possible, we try to enable disabled children and young people to access mainstream services.
The philosophy behind our services is that they should help families lead normal lives, and contribute to the health, wellbeing, growth, development, enjoyment, and achievement of the children and young people it serves.
Disabled Children's Team
The Disabled Children’s Team (DCT) provides advice, support and practical help to families with children up to the age of 18 years with a disability, who are substantially affected in their everyday living by a physical or mental impairment.
For more information about the team, services available and criteria, contact the Disabled Children’s Team.
How we can help
We will talk to you and your child to establish which services you may be eligible for, for example, occupational therapy (OT). We may, with your permission, also liaise closely with other professionals such as teachers, health visitors and doctors. We work in partnership with parents and this includes assessment of their needs as a carer. We have close links with voluntary agencies involved with disability, such as Parents Active (Mencap) and Action on Disability.
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Before the young person turns 18, we make sure that we have set up plans to ensure a smooth transition to adult services for young people who need ongoing services. We work with the education service and transition workers to help the young person and family prepare for adulthood.
You can contact the Disabled Children’s Team directly. Referrals to the team can be made by young people, their parents or carers and by professionals.
The initial way to contact us is through our duty social worker who is available on 0208 753 3321 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). If you cannot visit the team because of your personal circumstances, you can be seen at home or at another suitable venue.
If an assessment is needed, a social worker, social care worker or Occupational Therapist (OT) will contact the family and arrange a time to make an initial assessment.
Services are expected to work together to achieve a smooth transition into Adult Services. Transition planning starts at 16 years of age, to facilitate this, a children and families worker in the adult transitions team and an adult transition worker who works in the disabled children’s social work team will work together. The adult transitions team provides services up to the age of 25 years.
We seek to provide choice and make our services easy to access. Any assessment should be proportionate to the level of services required. We work closely with other agencies to provide a co-ordinate service.
Are you under 18 and looking after someone in your family who is ill or disabled? This may be a parent, a brother or sister or a grandparent. Maybe you help by staying at home a lot to be there for them, helping them get washed or dressed, perhaps translating and interpreting for them, or doing lots of cleaning, shopping and cooking. If this sounds like you, then you are a young carer. Please see this page for more information.