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Disabled Children's Team

Wheelchair accessibile venue
Sign language interpreter available by arrangement
Service/Activity is free
Baby changing facilities
Suitable for an individual with vision impairment

We work with children who have severe and permanent disabilities and/or health conditions. We support families who may require additional help to meet their children's needs.

At present the teams have social workers and support staff, occupational therapists and a transitions worker. We also work closely with other professionals from health and education to provide an integrated and efficient service.

Families professionals can contact the duty phone number if they need to discuss any children already open to the service on 020 8753 3321.

The Social Work Team

The Disabled Children's Team provides specialist social work services to disabled children and their families. Services include:

  • Child Safeguarding Services
  • Services to Looked After Disabled Children
  • Assessments to access support packages for children with complex needs
  • Transition to adulthood support (14 - 25)

The Stephen Wiltshire Centre

The Stephen Wiltshire Centre is a ‘one stop shop’ for children, young people and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). You can contact the centre on 020 8753 4443.

This service includes:

  • Play schemes after school, weekends and school holidays
  • Stay and Play for families
  • Summer holidays and family day trips

How do you access this service?

For families who want more support, a package level is determined following an assessment by a key worker or social worker (in this context referred to as the assessor). Assessments usually take place once a year. If a family does not want an assessment, they can access the core offer without an assessment. The assessment is made on the basis of two components: the child's needs and the additional care they need as a result of their disability and the impact of the child's disability on the social, sibling and parenting circumstances. These needs are identified through the assessment and panel form.

Who to contact

Contact Name
H&F Advice
 0845 313 3935 (new request for support)
 020 8753 3321 (if you have a named social worker)

Where to go

H&F Advice
145-155 King Street
W6 9XY

Other Details


Age Ranges
0-18 years (see Preparing for Adulthood section for 19 - 25 years)

Local Offer

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When is this service available?

On the basis of the assessment a proposed child in need plan will be put together and you may be offered a number of services including:

  • Various types of short breaks (including afterschool, day care at weekends and holidays,and overnight care).
  • Direct Payments - to purchase and manage your own support package.

Care packages are agreed by our disabled children's panel, which meets monthly (you are encouraged to attend this if you wish). Your child's package of care will then be reviewed regularly.

Paediatric occupational therapy: following an assessment, the Occupational Therapist (OT) would provide specialist equipment for the home that would facilitate and enhance the child's participation in activities of daily living. This might include specialist chairs, hoists, bathing and toileting equipment.

The OT is also able to make recommendations for minor alterations (e.g. rails) and structural work within the property to facilitate access to essential facilities such as a bedroom, toilet and bathroom. Additionally, the OT can make recommendations for the family to be re-housed to a more suitable property, in view of the child's disability.

Transitions worker: The transitions worker assists children and young people aged 14+ to ensure a smooth transfer to adult services.

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Transitions to Adulthood - Push to second line (16+)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

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