Drawn by Ismael, age 7We 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 aim of our services is to help families lead normal lives, and to contribute to the health, wellbeing, growth, development, enjoyment, and achievement of children and young people.
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:
- Disabled Children’s Team DCT - (social workers and social care workers)
- Occupational Therapist Team - (Occupational Therapists)
- Key Workers Team - (key workers)
- St Quintin Centre for Disabled Children and their families - (play and activity workers)
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 conditions
Services for children who are substantially and adversely affected in their ability to carry out normal day to day activities through a mental impairment such as emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome and mental health conditions, 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 refer to Short breaks through the locality social work teams for children with Aspergers, ADHD and mental health conditions
Early Help is a way of getting extra support when needed. Our integrated 0-19 service aims to help families when difficulties first begin so that we can support them with finding solutions quickly. We will provide support through a variety of community-based settings including children’s centres and schools as well as in the family home. Early help means responding promptly if a child is at immediate risk of harm (or has other significant or complex needs) as much as it means responding to a need which only requires advice or guidance.
A range of organisations provide information, advice and support to families of children and young people with SEND that is independent of the Local Authority. For information on these organisations and how they might be able to help you, please click here.
Are you under 18 and looking after someone in your family who is ill or disabled? This may be a parent, a brother or sister or a grandparent. Maybe you help by staying at home a lot to be there for them, helping them get washed or dressed, perhaps translating and interpreting for them, or doing lots of cleaning, shopping and cooking. If this sounds like you, then you are a young carer. There is extra support available for young carers. To find out more, please click here.