Childrens Disability Service – Social Care and Early Help
The Children with Disability Service (formerly known as the Children with Disabilities team) is now based within children’s Social Care and Safeguarding service. This function is now situated within the Locality and Through Care Social Work Teams and the South Locality Early Help Service.
The service carry’s out the local authority’s statutory duties in respect of disabled children as set out in the Children Act 1989.
Who is in the team?
There are 2 Social Work Assistants and a senior occupational therapist based in the Early Help Service,
4 Specialist Social Workers based across the Locality Teams and 1 Specialist Social Worker in the Through Care Team.
The service aims to provide a high quality service to children and young people with profound disabilities and complex needs between the ages of 0 – 18 years
Where the service is provided
The Childrens Disability Service operates across the city. It is split into different locality teams – North, Central and South. The Early Help disability function is located in the South Locality Team but does provide a City Wide Service. The Through Care Team also operates City Wide.
Interventions and Support
• Signposting families to relevant universal and targeted services for disabled children that are available in the local community.
• Undertaking social care assessments of disabled children in order to determine how best to support them and their families.
• To devise, implement and review Plans that are proportionate to the assessed needs identified following assessment, in line with the recommendations and decisions made by the Resource Panel.
• Reviewing the effectiveness of interventions in delivering the outcomes stated in the child’s plan.
• Providing a duty service during office hours to ensure a responsive and timely service to families, even when the child’s allocated worker is unavailable.
• To provide a paediatric occupational therapy service in order to discharge the council’s duty in relation to adaptations and provision of specialist equipment for disabled children. This work is undertaken alongside, and in partnership with, the community occupational therapy service hosted by Solent Health, which also includes a joint funded OT post.
• To co-ordinate transitional arrangements for young people who are known to the team so that they experience a smooth and positive transition to adulthood, and ensure a continuity of support from the relevant team within Adult Services.
• To maintain a register of disabled children who live in Portsmouth in accordance with duty set out in the Children Act 1989. Although registration is not mandatory, parents are encouraged to include their child’s names on the register in order to assist the Local Authority and partner agencies to plan future services and target resources more effectively.
The Disabled Childrens function provides a specialist service for those children and young people who have profound difficulties and complex needs.
How can this service be accessed?
Service can only be accessed by means of a referral
All referrals must be sent to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub at:
Childrens Social Care & Safeguarding
PO1 2 BG
Tel: 0845 671 0271
How to make a complaint about this service
By contacting the Complaints Manager for Children’s Social Care & Safeguarding
Tel: 023 9284 1172