Disabled Children and Young People's Service (0-25)

What we do 

Brent's Disabled Children and Young People Service supports families with children aged 0 to 25 who have a severe, permanent and substantial disability or long-term complex health problem, which impacts on their everyday living.

Families are supported by a dedicated team of social workers, social work assistants and occupational therapists, who are located in teams in the east and west of the borough. Along with their family and other support services, the teams work with the child/young person to meet their assessed needs by developing a person-centred approach at every stage of our involvement with them.

Our priority is to support them to have better life outcomes, including:

  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Education and/or employment
  • Independent living
  • Participating in society

What we focus on

  • Effective assessment and planning for children and young people from 0-25 years old who meet the eligibility criteria for support and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • Active involvement of young people and their families in the planning and decision-process concerning their future
  • Raising aspirations for our young people through a focus on key areas such as, transition, employment, independent living, community participation, relationships, health and wellbeing
  • Providing information and advocacy when required to ensure that young people are able to express their views and are supported to take part in decision-making.
  • Providing a range of short breaks which will provide enjoyable activities for our young people and give carers a break from their caring responsibilities.

The service is the lead agency for transition planning (young people preparing for adulthood) in Brent. In schools this planning must begin in Year 9 for children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, although we recommend that it is also started at this time for relevant pupils who do not have a plan. Parents and young people must be central to the whole planning and decision-making process and their EHC plan or statement of special educational needs must be reviewed and updated every year.

View further information about transition planning and preparing young people for adulthood.