Disabled Children's Service

We provide a range of different services to support disabled children and their families. Wherever possible, we try to enable disabled children and young people to access mainstream services.

The philosophy behind our services is that they should help families lead normal lives, and contribute to the health, wellbeing, growth, development, enjoyment, and achievement of the children and young people it serves.

What is the service?

The Disabled Children’s service is made up of a range of teams who work together to provide a holistic service but where each has its own professional focus. These teams are:

Who are the services for?

All services are available to residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and are for children and young people up to the age of 18 years with a disability who are substantially and adversely affected in their ability to carry out normal day to day activities by a physical or mental impairment: This may include one or more of the following:

  • physical disability
  • a profound sensory impairment
  • a chronic permanent ill health condition
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder with a learning disability
  • learning disability
  • a serious life limiting or terminal illness

Children with mental impairment such as ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome and mental health problems

Services for children who are substantially and adversely affected in their ability to carry our normal day to day activities through a mental impairment such as emotional and behavioural problems, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome and mental health problems, are provided through the locality social work teams and local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. For information on how to access these services please download the following leaflet:


Services are expected to work together to achieve a smooth transition into Adult Services. Transition planning starts at 16 years of age, to facilitate this, a children and families’ worker works in the adult transitions team and an adult transition worker works in the children with disabilities social work team. The adult transitions team provides services up to the age of 25 years.

We seek to provide choice and make our services easy to access. Any assessment should be proportionate to the level of service required. We work closely with other agencies to provide a co-ordinated service.