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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 (preparing young people 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.

Care and support assessments

Young people approaching 18 years old, who may have ongoing care and support needs, should be referred for an assessment under the Care Act 2014. Referrals should be made via Brent Customer Services, who will then assign the referral to the appropriate team within Adult Social Care. The assessment will focus on the person's needs, how they impact on their wellbeing and the outcomes they want to achieve in their day-to-day life. It should:

  • Involve the person and their family/carers in discussions and decisions about their care
  • Take into account the person's personal history and life story
  • Take a whole family approach, including the needs of the family/carers
  • Consider the person's housing status and where and who they want to live with
  • Be aimed at promoting the person’s interests and independence and respectful of their dignity
  • Be transparent in terms of letting people and their families/carers know how, when and why decisions are made
  • Take into account the potential negative effect of social isolation on people's health and wellbeing.

Consideration will be given to the person's preferences in terms of the time, date and location of their care and support needs assessment. It will be carried out face-to-face, unless the person prefers a different method of assessment.

Following the assessment, if a person has eligible unmet needs, a support plan will be drawn up in partnership with them and their families/carers or advocate. The person may be able to pay for some of their care with a personal budget.