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Social care support for children with disabilities

Who are the Children with Disabilities (CwD) team?

The Children with Disabilities (CwD) Social Work Team provide services designed to meet the needs of children and young people who have complex disabilities.

The CwD Social Work Team is one of a range of services that can provide support to children and young people with disabilities and their families. Other services available are those provided by health, education, play and youth services as well as community resources provided by voluntary agencies.

The CwD team offer services to those children and young people requiring additional resources in respect of their disability, where the disability has a profound impact on the child or young person’s life.

An assessment will be offered where the child has a condition which is substantial, long lasting or permanent, is a physical and/or learning disability or a life limiting, life threatening condition. These may include:

  • severe learning disabilities
  • severe physical disabilities
  • severe developmental delay in motor and or cognitive functioning
  • profound multiple disabilities
  • severe sensory impairment (registered blind and/or profoundly deaf)
  • complex and severe health problems that arise from the disability, that are life threatening, degenerative illness or organic disorder resulting in severe disability
  • a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition with an associated learning disability and where the condition severely affects day to day functioning

An assessment will not be offered to a child or young person with the following diagnoses, unless they have other conditions that meet the criteria as detailed above:

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • most Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, emotional and behavioural difficulties, Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • mild physical disabilities
  • mild learning disabilities
  • mild Global Developmental Delay
  • speech and language difficulties
  • sensory disabilities only
  • controlled epilepsy
  • mental health conditions

Where CwD team criteria are not met, advice or referral to other services or signposting may be offered.

The assessment will also consider the specific needs of parents and other family members in their role as carers (this is sometimes known as a parent carer needs assessment).

Download: The CwD team's assessment and support in the Eligibility Criteria

If you think that your child is eligible for support from the CWD team, contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822666.