Children with Disabilities team

The Children with Disabilities Team includes:

  • a team manager
  • a practice manager responsible for office management and the Duty System
  • 2 social worker's responsible for complex cases and child protection. One is a sensory lead.
  • a social worker with a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • a family support worker leading on transition
  • a family support worker responsible for supporting the qualified social workers, and direct work with families
  • 1 business support officer
  • 1 screening officer

The team provides:

  • advice and guidance on service and resources
  • S47 Child Protection investigations
  • Public Law Outline processes and care proceedings
  • single social work assessments (sometimes jointly with the First Contact team). Disabled Person's Assessments and Child in Need Reviews.
  • helps families plan for the future
  • support to families
  • organises short breaks
  • finds opportunities for children to have fun
  • long term alternative care Section 17 and 20 of The Children Act 1989 (in some cases)


The Children with Disabilities Team seeks to promote:

  • equality of opportunity
  • reduced discrimination against those with disabilities

Disabled children:

  • are seen as children first
  • are children in need
  • should have access to the same range of services as non-disabled children
  • the welfare of the child should be safeguarded and promoted by service providers
  • efforts must be made to learn the child's wishes and feelings. And take them into account
  • the importance of parents and families in the lives of disabled children should be recognised. Assessments are holistic and include the needs of siblings and carers
  • parents of disabled children have greatly expanded care commitments. And should be recognised as both parents and carers
  • carers of children held by the team have a right to a carer's assessment. This includes young carers

To meet needs:

  • parent carers can get direct payments in lieu of services for the child. And in lieu of services for themselves as part of the family
  • disabled young people (age 16 to 17) can get direct payments in lieu of services to them where appropriate
  • short-term breaks should be provided to meet assessed need


Contact the Children's Single Point of Contact (C-SPOC)

Telephone: 01702 215007