The Children with Disabilities service supports children up to the age of 18 who have learning disabilities, a physical or sensory impairment or who have particular mental health difficulties.
We have an obligation to assess the needs of children and young people with disabilities and then to offer support and services, including a Personal Budget where appropriate, to meet the needs identified and those of their carers.
For disabled children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the social care assessment will determine the social care element of that plan. We work closely with the SEN Team and Health services with regard to EHC planning.
We also work in partnership with others such as voluntary sector organisations, education providers and the Adult Social Care Learning Disabilities Team to ensure a smooth transition to adulthood for those young people who receive our services.
Depending on assessed need, we are able to provide a range of services including:
- Support for children and young people and their families in their homes
- Helping young people with the transition into adulthood
- Personal care and behaviour support for families experiencing difficulties managing their child's care and behaviour in the home
- Short breaks for parents and carers of a disabled child at home or in a different setting
- Direct payments to parents, carers, or disabled young people over 16 years old to enable them to purchase care services
- Short break overnight provision for children and young people
- Community-based short breaks
- Child protection and safeguarding
- Fostering and other support for disabled children and young people in care
- Carer’s assessments
The Children with Disabilities team consists of the Team Manager, a team of professional social workers, a short breaks service and the Brightwell Short Break Service in Morden. We share some Business Support services with the SEN Team in the Civic Centre.
If you wish to make a complaint or comment or send us a compliment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the phone number above. If the matter is sensitive and/or personal, please ask for the contact details of the Children with Disabilities Team Manager explaining the reasons why you need to contact them directly.
If you remain dissatisfied, please follow Merton Council’s formal complaints process