Services for Disabled Children and their Families
What are our aims and objectives for services for disabled
To ensure that all disabled children are supported within their
families and are fully included and valued members of their local
Who is able to receive a service?
To receive a service a child must fall within the definition of
a ‘child in need’. This will be decided by a social worker on
completion of an Initial Assessment.
The Children Act 1989 defines disabled children as ‘children in
- A child is disabled if he is blind, deaf or without speech or
suffers from mental disorder of any kind or is substantially and
permanently disabled by illness, injury or congenital deformity or
such other disability as may be prescribed.
However as part of any assessment the Children Services
Department would also look at how the child can access the same
opportunities and choices available to all children and therefore
- ‘the child or young person has a permanent physical, learning
or sensory impairment, or a combination of these impairments, which
significantly compromises their ability to access the day to day
activities, or opportunities, available to their non-disabled
To receive a service children and young people are likely to
have one or more of the following impairments or conditions which
impact on their life:
- Severe learning impairment;
- Severe and permanent physical impairment;
- Communication impairment which has permanent and substantial
effect on the child’s life.
- A life-limiting health condition;
- Younger children with developmental delay;
- Sensory impairments.
How do you make a request for a service?
If your child is in need of a service, or you are in need of
advice or support, contact the Social
Care Team who will be able to help and refer you onto the
local Disabled Children’s Team for an assessment of your child’s
needs and the family’s need for support.
Where can you contact the Social Care Teams?
Macclesfield and Congleton
Telephone Number: 01625 534700
Crewe and Nantwich
Telephone Number: 01270
How is the assessment undertaken?
- The Social Care Team will
pass the referral on to the appropriate Disabled Children’s Team
who will then carry out an Initial Assessment of the child or young
person within seven working days.
- The referral will be allocated to a social worker who will make
contact and arrange a visit to discuss the needs of the child and
- The social worker will also provide advice, guidance and
support on a range of issues relating to the child’s
- Leaflets are available explaining the Assessment Framework
process for parents and children.
What services are available?
There are a range of services within Cheshire to support
disabled children and young people including:
- Support in the family home – such as direct personal care to
assist parents in the care of their child.
- Short break family based care – this is provided by linking
children and young people with a foster family.
- Short break residential care – this is provided in the
children’s centres based in Macclesfield, Ellesmere Port and
Winsford for children and young people with more complex
- Family support workers attached to the Disabled Children’s
Teams – the workers provide activities for children particularly
during school holidays giving the parents a break from their caring
- Other Services – The Children’s Services Department links with
many other organisations across the County to provide other
services, such as summer playschemes and after school clubs.
The Children’s Services Department can provide services
themselves or parents and carers can purchase and manage their own
support through the provision of Direct Payments. There is written
information available about Direct Payments; ask your social worker
for details following the initial assessment.
How is transition to adult services planned?
- If a young person has a statement of special educational needs,
the Annual Review in Year 9 will initiate the transition planning
for the young person. Connexions will provide young people and
parents with a transition information pack at the review.
- Parents are fully included in the transition planning process.
Connexions will produce a Transition Plan that is regularly
reviewed to ensure an appropriate plan is in place by the time the
young person reaches adulthood.
- At the age 18 the responsibility for social care provision will
pass from the Children’s Services Department to the Community
How can you make a Compliment or Complaint about services?
If parents wish to voice their views
about the service being provided they can complete our Quality
Standards Form provided at review meetings. It is important for the
development of services that we know when services are delivering
what families and young people want. If they are unhappy about the
service they should raise this directly with the child’s social
worker or the Team Manager. In addition if parents, or young
people, wish to make a formal complaint they should request a copy
of the Complaints leaflet which sets out the procedure.