Disabled Children and Young People's Service (0-25)
Support your child may receive
Following an assessment of your child's needs, you may receive help including universal, target or specialist support.
Universal services are available to everyone. No assessment is necessary and most disabled children and young people will have their needs met by them.
- NHS services which you can access through your GP
- children's centres for under fives
- nursery provision
- leisure and short break services
For help and support accessing these services contact Brent Council's Children and Families Information Service (CFIS) on 0208 937 3001 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Targeted services are provided for children and young people who require further support following an assessment or a referral from a professional.
Targeted support services include:
Specialist services provide a more intensive level of support and intervention. To use a specialist service, a child or young person’s disability must be permanent and substantial and have a negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.
Children and young people are considered to have complex needs if their parents or carers are unable to provide all their necessary care due to:
- profound disabilities
- life threatening conditions
- safeguarding issues
A child and family assessment will be carried out to determine the level of support that is required to meet the needs of the child and their family.
Specialist support services include:
- the Children and Young People's Continuing Care Service - for children and young people with complex health or medical needs
- the Children's Specialist Community Nursing Service - for children and young people with an acute or chronic illness or disability
- the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties
- short breaks - this could involve a carer coming to your home to spend time with your child, allowing you to have a break or spend time with your other children, or a carer accompanying your child to a specific activity outside the home.
- grants, allowances and ways of paying for care if you are looking after a child or young person with a disability, or are disabled yourself
- supported living for adults
- overnight respite at the Ade Adepitan Short Break Centre or at an alternative specialist centre after school, at weekends and during the holidays
- specialist equipment or adaptations to your home to make caring for your child safer.