Children with disabilities
Assistance provided for children and young people with disabilities from five* to eighteen years and their families living within the London Borough of Hillingdon.
* The Early Years Team (for Children with Additional Needs) will assess children from 0 to 5 years with the exception of children with child protection concerns who will be assessed by the Children with Disabilities Team.
Children with disabilities team
Our help and advice is given in the best interests of the child after assessment of their needs. The eligibility criteria for the range of services we offer are that the child:
- Has a substantive and severe physical disability; and/or
- Has a substantive and severe learning disability; and/or
- Has a complex health need; and/or
- Has severe Autism
The help we offer depends upon the circumstances of each individual situation and it can include supplying the address of an organisation, assessing for Direct Payments or the provision of equipment/aids or provision of respite care. The Children with Disabilities Team (CWDT) provides specialist support, advice, assessments and a range of services to children and young people with disabilities and their families or carers.
The Children with Disabilities Team comprises of a range of services:
Social work service
The service comprises of qualified social workers, social service officers and a care package reviewing officer. The team are linked with local special schools and the Child Development Centre at Hillingdon Hospital. The team also offers support groups for parents of younger children.
Outreach service and complex health workers team
This specialised service of outreach workers offers respite support to children with disabilities or a complex health need. The outreach worker will provide support to the family by taking the young person to access local community activities or support within the home or in a respite centre.
Occupational therapy service
A small team of occupational therapists assess the needs of children and young people with disabilities for the provision of aids, equipment, home adaptations or strategies to maintain or increase independence.
The group is aimed at children aged between seven to sixteen years old who have a brother or sister with disabilities. The sessions will give siblings the opportunity to meet others, discuss various issues and have fun.
Respite Care Houses
CWDT can, if appropriate, refer children and young people with disabilities to two respite houses that are fully accessible for all disabled children with extensive play areas. The respite centres offer after school tea sessions or overnight stays for children with disabilities.
How to contact us
Our telephone is 01895 277880, office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Our office address is shown opposite.
Equal opportunities statement
We practice an equal opportunities policy to provide services regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.
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