The Disabled Children’s Service supports disabled children, young people and their families to make sure that they have the same opportunities and experiences as other children and young people.
The Disabled Children’s Service works alongside and is a part of the Children and Young People’s Services, (social care) in offering other types of support and in meeting statutory duties, including child protection.
Types of Support Available
If your family’s circumstances are such that universal and targeted services alone cannot meet your needs and you are unable to find support through the Local Offer website, the Disabled Children’s Service will aim to offer additional support.
Referrals and acceptance to the Disabled Children’s Services will subject to a statutory or non-statutory assessment. Referrals can be made by professionals, parents/family members, carers, and the child/young people to the service by contacting the MASH team. The MASH team can be contacted on 0300 126 1000.
What Does the Disabled Children’s Service Provide?
- Complete assessments with you to identify your family’s needs. These can include assessments for short breaks, help in the home and social work support
- Information about disability services
- Involve families in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of the service
- Support providers to ensure they include all children in their services and activities, providing advice, equipment loan or support workers
- A Disabled Children’s Register (known locally as 'SNIX')
- Statutory protective services to disabled children and young people
Sometimes, a child or young person’s needs will not qualify them for services from the Disabled Children’s Service and they will be sign posted to appropriate services when and where possible.
Short Breaks aim to benefit children and young people with disabilities, complex health needs, and/or sensory impairments.
Children and young people are offered experiences that foster and improve their individual and social development.
Short Breaks can occur at different times – during the day or evening; overnight or on weekends, and can span a few hours or a number of days. They can also be offered in various locations ranging from the family home, a carer’s home, a residential setting, or as part of a plan to offer specialist additional support by enabling access to a universal or specialist community facility or service. The type of service and the allocated time is dependent on the assessed need for the child and/or young person.
Information about Short Breaks in Northamptonshire is available via the Short Breaks Statement, up-to-date information about providers can be found by searching the Local Offer.