Disabled Children and Young People's Service


What the service does

Our Children with Disabilities Team offers information, advice and practical help to families with children aged 0 to 13 who have a severe, permanent and substantial disability or long-term complex health problem, which impacts on their everyday living.

For young people aged 14 to 25, the Transitions Team provides this support. 

The majority of young people that the Transitions Team works with will have transferred from the Children with Disabilities Team on their 14th birthday as a continuation of service, although they also receive new referrals from families, education and health services and anyone who may have a concern.

Who can use the service

Who this service is for

Children who have been referred to us, can be assessed for support needed if they meet the following criteria.


  • live in Brent
  • are aged between 0 and 13
  • have a physical or mental impairment which is permanent and substantial and which has a negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

This could include sensory impairment, learning disability, autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviour as a result of their learning disability. It also includes children who have complex health needs and those with palliative, life limiting or life threatening conditions.

A ‘substantial’ disability is defined as the child or young person requiring significant support from another person or equipment to carry out their basic functions such as personal or night time care, eating or participating in activities. Individuals who do not meet the threshold will be signposted to other support.

Options if your child can't use this service

Children won't normally be able to get support from us if they have:

  • mild to moderate disabilities which do not require specialist support
  • developmental delay or additional needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties which are not a result of their learning disabilities.

There are other options open to parents and carers such as Early Support. This is a service that coordinates help for families who have children under five years old and who are currently using at least four other education, health or social care services. Referrals for early support are normally made by a GP, paediatrician or another professional who is already working with you and your child, but parents can also self refer.

The service offers:

  • a key worker who will be a single point of contact for your family and liaise with other services you are involved with on your behalf
  • emotional and practical support to help you and other family members better understand your child's disability or additional needs
  • support and signposting to help you access other local services that might be helpful.

If you are worried about any aspect of your child's welfare, health, development or behaviour you can also request for a free assessment to be carried out.

If your child has mild additional needs you can talk to your health visitor or school about additional support, or why not see what your local children’s centre has to offer?


The assessment process

An allocated officer from the Children with Disabilities or Transitions teams will carry out an assessment of your child's needs and the help you need as a parent to care for them.

Any support that is offered is always focused on individual needs and the particular circumstances of your family.  

The following are all taken into consideration as part of the assessment:

  • the extent of the child or young person's disability and how it impacts on their daily life
  • the child or young person's strengths/abilities
  • the impact of the child or young person's disability on being able to care for themselves and keep safe
  • the impact of the child or young person's disability on family life
  • the wishes of the child or young person and their family
  • the number of children or caring responsibilities the parent/s may have in addition to their disabled child
  • the amount of support from within the immediate family, extended family and community
  • disability related benefits that that the family are in receipt of to assist with the care of the disabled child or young person
  • information form professionals involved with the child or young person such as their school, GP or paediatrician.

The needs of the parent can also be considered as part of the assessment. For further information you can either discuss this with your allocated worker or contact Brent Carer's Centre or view further information about the carer's process.

Please note that the Children with Disabilities and Transitions teams do not carry out special educational needs assessments. These are completed by the Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENAS)



Children with Disabilities Team

Parents can make a referral to the Children with Disabilities Team by:

Professionals will need to complete a Early Help Assessment to refer a child to the service.

Transitions Team

The majority of young people that the Transitions Team works with are transferred from the Children with Disability Team after their 14th birthday as a continuation of service.

New referrals to the service for children aged 14 to 18 can be made by parents and professionals by:

Professionals will need to complete a Early Help Assessment for the young person they are referring.

New referrals to the service for young people aged 18 and above can be made by:

Support available

Support your child may receive

Following an assessment of your child's needs, you may receive help including universal, target or specialist support.

Universal 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.

They include:

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 cfis@brent.gov.uk.

Targeted support

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 support

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: