About our service
The Disabled Children's Service comprises of:
- Early Support
- Short Breaks
- Occupational Therapists
- Complex Health Needs
- Children with Disabilities Team
- I COUNT/Register of Children with Disabilities
- Transition to adult life
The Disabled Children's Service is part of the People's Directorate. The 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.
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 team also offers short breaks which, in the first instance, can be access through an EHAT assessment (Early Help and Support Tool) by a professional that knows your children or young person well.
The team provide a range of assistance through their commissioning framework. Assistance may take the form of care in the home, play schemes, short break fostering or a residential short break.
The Occupational Therapists can assess and provide specialist equipment and facilitate adaptations that may be required in the home for children with complex health need.
Transition work can take place within the team in conjunction with adult services in a transition unit that covers children and young people from 14 to 25 years.
These services are only for those children from birth to 18 that are either registered with I COUNT or could be registered as disabled, and their families.
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
The organisation works 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.
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.