All referrals to the Children with Disabilities Team are made by contacting the Child Care Assessment Team.Referrals by professionals should be made using the Interagency Form. On receipt of a referral, a worker will be allocated to undertake an assessment of the child and family.
This is because not all children and families require the same level of support, some need more than others because of the nature of their child's disability and family circumstances. An assessment helps us to ensure we provide the right level of support and services at the right time.
Children and young people with disabilities are assessed in the context of the impact any impairment has on their quality of life and that of their family. The purpose of an assessment is to gather information to analyse a child's needs and decide if support is required. We do this by talking with parents/ carers and the child. We will, with permission, liaise closely with other professionals such as teachers, health visitors, doctors and voluntary agency workers that are involved with the child or family.
Content of assessment - Carers' assessment
Following an assessment, the key worker or social worker will discuss with you the type of support and services that could meet your needs. If you request, or your assessment suggests, a specific specialist service, the decision to provide the service is made at an Integrated Services Panel. This panel is attended by managers from the Children with Disability Team, the Inclusion Team and some of the Service provision. This process ensures decisions are made in a fair and open way.
For further information please contact:
Childcare Assessment Team on 01437 764551
Existing service users please contact:
Interim Intergrated Service Manager, Children with Disabilities Team
Tel: 01437 776350