Disabled Children's Team
The Disabled Children's Team includes several services that provide support for children and young people with complex needs.
The Key Working Development Team
This team provides support to families who have a child/young person, 0 – 19 years of age, with complex needs. The team assists families to identify a suitable professional, who is already working with the child/ young person, to take on the Key Worker role, which is in addition to their primary role. A Key Worker can assist in coordinating professional services via the Team Around the Family (TAF) approach and acts as a first point of contact for families.
The Disabled Children's Team provides a social work service to children and young people 0 – 18 with a substantial and permanent disability that significantly affects daily living and where they have an assessed need rising from their disability that cannot be met by services available to children in general. The social work team also undertakes safeguarding duties in respect of children and young people with complex needs deemed to be at risk.
The transition social worker facilitates a smooth transition from children’s to adult services for young people aged 17 with complex needs. This service starts at 16 years of age for young people within the Care system or where they require a high level of planning due to their disability.