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Children who need additional support

Children with disabilities

Children with Disabilities


The Children with Disabilities team consists of social workers, occupational therapists and other practitioners who provide advice and assistance to children and young people with disabilities and their parents/carers. 

These services are only for those children and young people from birth to 18 that are either registered with I COUNT or could be registered as a child/young person with a disability. Read about I COUNT. 

Short breaks can be accessed through an EHAT (Early Help Assessment Tool) which can be completed by a professional that knows your child or young person well, this may be someone from school, or a health professional. Read more about the EHAT. 

The legal framework and Guidance that informs the work that is undertaken within the team is: 
  •  The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  •  The Children Act 1989
  •  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 including Education Services i.e. SENDCos (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Educational Psychologists, Play, Youth, and Holiday Club services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and support groups such as the Sutton Parent Carer Forum and Advocacy for All. The Sutton Parent Carer Forum advise on the views of parents/carers. Visit the Sutton Parent Carer Forum website (external link).  Advocacy for All consult the children/young people on their views. Visit Advocacy for All's website (external link). 

The service is guided by the Sutton All Age Disability board who meet on a quarterly basis.

Carers Assessments

If a member of the family, who is under 18, is involved in caring for a child or young person (who is also under 18) with a disability they may also have a young carers assessment. Read more about young carers. For more information and the assessment form please visit the young carers website. You can also visit the young carers website for information on a carers assessment if the person being cared for is over the age of 18.

If you would like to find out more please contact the Children's First Contact Service on 020 8770 6001 or email childrensfirstcontactservice@sutton.gov.uk


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