Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Childrens Disability Team

Address: Childrens Disability Team, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA

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Brief description of what services your organisation offers:
The Childrens Disability team, formerly known as the the Children with Disabilities team, has been part of the Inclusion Service since 1st April 2015 when the team transferred from children's Social Care and Safeguarding service.  However, the team still functions as a social work team and continues to discharge the local authority's statutory duties in respect of disabled children as set out in the Children Act 1989.
The team consisits of a team leader, a senior occupational therapist (0.8 FTE), three social workers (2.8 x FTE) and two social work assistants (2 x FTE).  The team 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 - please state if City wide or locality based:
City-wide service
What the organisation provides - types of interventions and support:
  • To signpost families to relevant universal and targeted services for disabled children that are available in the local community.
  • To undertake social care assesments of disabled children in order to determine how best to support them and their families.
  • To devise, implement and review Child in Need (CIN) Plans that are proportionate to the assessed needs identified following assessment, in line with the recommendations and decisions made by the Resource Panel.
  • To review the effectiveness of interventions in delivering the outcomes stated in the child's plan.
  • To provide 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 19989.  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.
Eligibility Criteria:
The Childrens Disability Team provides a statutory specialist service for those children and young people who have profound disabilities and complex needs.
Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your service:
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of disabled children and young people
  • To promote social inclusion for disabled children and young people and enable them to participate as full members of their community
  • To ensure children and young people with complex and enduring disabilities receive timely, well-co-ordinated and high quality services that address the assessed needs and deliver the outcomes identified in partnership wiith children and their families.
  • To maintain disabled children and young people within their families by supporting parents in their caring role through the provision of an appropriate level of support which enables them to lead and enjoy a normal family life.
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
Floor 4
Core 4
Civic Offices
PO1 2 BG
Tel: 0845 671 0271
How and who to make a complaint to:
By contacting the Complaints Manager for Children's Social Care & Safeguarding
Tel: 023 9284 1172
Contact Details: Enquiries to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Tel:  0845 671 0271


Tel: 0845 671 0271

Service Category: Care

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