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Disabled Children's Services

I-COUNT card

What is I COUNT? Which children can be registered on I COUNT, and what are the benefits?

I COUNT is a Register of Disabled Children and Young People who live in the area. The Children Act 1989 required all local authorities to establish a register of children with a disability to assist service planning to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. When a child or young person is registered or considered registerable they can access the services offered by the Disabled Children's Service. Other advantages include:

  • children get an I COUNT card which many organisations accept as proof of disability, enabling concessions, fast-tracking and assistance to be obtained more easily.
  • agencies like Health, Education and Social Services have much better information about the needs of disabled children in their area. This helps them to fund and develop the best possible services.

The eligibility for registration to I COUNT is:

  • diagnosis of a disability that permanent and substantial
  • child/young person must be resident in Sutton area
  • child/young person is aged 18 years or younger

Please view the I COUNT eligibility criteria for more information. 

Please visit the I COUNT website to view information on how to register.

I-COUNT and disabled children's support panel guidelines

  • child/young person is identified as potentially meeting threshold as a child with a disability and able to receive short breaks
  • I COUNT application information found on  If the child is likely to meet the threshold an application should be completed and sent to for a decision about inclusion on the I COUNT register
  • I COUNT application is considered at the I COUNT panel which is held monthly, if registered an I COUNT card is sent out to the family and the child is considered as eligible for Short Breaks. If families do not wish to have an I COUNT card they will need to supply information that will inform a decision about whether a child is registerable as a child with a disability
  • once a child is I COUNT registered or registerable, and you wish to apply for Short Breaks, an Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) should be completed by a professional that knows your child. The EHAT form should  be completed by a professional who knows the child best; usually school staff in co-operation with parents/carers. Parents/carers are required to sign the form for it to be submitted.  More informtion about Early Help can be found here.
  • Once completed it should be submitted to the Disabled Children's Support Panel (DCSP). The Local Offer has useful information about the services that are available.
  • families and relevant providers are notified by letter of the decision made by the Disabled Children's Support Panel. If services have been agreed, details of how these will commence and who to contact will be included in the decision letter
  • services are reviewed either 6 monthly or annually. We will notify you when the review is due and what action is required. Reviews are generally alternated between a Short Breaks Assessment, completed by school one year, and the Self Assessment, completed by parents/carers the next. If review documents are not received promptly this will delay any decision by the DCS support panel to continue services and may result in a delay in the continuation of funding from the Disabled Children's Service or may, in some cases mean that the services stop, so it is important to return these forms quickly