About our service
The Disabled Children's Service team consists of social workers, children's practitioners, occupational therapists and a complex health needs nurse who provide advice and assistance to children with disabilities and their parents/carers.
The Disabled Children's Service comprises of:
- Early Support
- I COUNT - Register of Children with Disabilities
- Short Breaks
- Occupational Therapists
- Children with Disabilities Team
- Transition to adult life
There are a number of services available in Sutton and these can be found on the Local Offer website. This sets out in one place information about provision across Education, Health and Social Care for children and young people in Sutton who have Special Educational Needs or are disabled including those who do not have Education, Health and Care Plans. It also has information from surrounding areas.
The services are only for those children from birth to 18 that are either registered with I COUNT or could be registered as disabled.
The team offers short breaks which, can be access through an EHAT assessment (Early Help and Support Tool) by a professional that knows your children or young person well, this may be someone from school, or a health professional.
The legal framework that informs the work that is undertaken within the team is:
- The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
- The Children Act 1889
- The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families
- London Continuum of Need
- Statutory Guidance on the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of disabled children using short breaks 2010
- The care planning placement and case review (England) Regulations 2010
- Care Act 2014
- Children and Families Act 2014
We work with a number of other agencies and services from Education Services i.e. SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and Educational Psychologists, Play, Youth, and Holiday Club services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), to the numerous support groups such as Family Link and Jigsaw4u.
We have an active Sutton Parent's Forum who advise on the views of parents and ActionVoices who consult the young people on their views.
The service is guided by the Sutton Disability and Transition Partnership board who meet on a quarterly basis.
If you would like to receive a Carers Assessment please download the Disabled Children's Service's Carers Assessment Document.
If a member of the family, who is under 18, is involved in caring for a child (who is also under 18) with a disability they may also have a young carers assessment. For more information and the assessment form please visit the young carers website and then send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the young carers website for information on a carers assessment if the person being cared for is over the the age of 18.