Children with Disabilities Team (CWD)

The Children with Disabilities social care assessment service is designed to support children in need and their families who have severe or substantial disabilities, specifically :

  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a severe physical disability
  • a substantial degree of sensory impairment
  • complex Autistic Spectrum disorders
  • complex Social Communication disorders
  • other complex medical health conditions.

The function of the social care service is to provide support to disabled children aged 0 - 18 years and their families. Areas of support include:

  1. Multi-disciplinary assessments of needs of children and their carers.
  2. Children and families assessments, carers assessments
  3. Safeguarding disabled children subject to child protection (CP) and section 47 enquiries.
  4. Support to disabled young people who are looked after or care leavers.
  5. Provision of section 17 support services.
  6. Key worker and lead professional role.
  7. Short breaks overnight provisions through Abbeyford, and the short break carers services
  8. Transition planning and assessment in preparation for adulthood.
  9. Commissioning services and allocating direct payments.
  10. Direct support and contact with children and young people. Providing practical and emotional support and information, based on assessed needs.
  11. Care proceedings and pre court protocol work
  12. Care planning and review.

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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