Children with disabilities

The Disabled Children Service provides a range of assessments and services for children with disabilities.

We can help you with:

  • an assessment and plan for your child’s particular needs
  • support for you and your family 
  • occupational therapy assessment services
  • short breaks for you or your child
  • accessible play areas
  • advice and information on services in your community

Child in Need assessment

A Child in Need assessment is carried out by a social worker.

Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 says ‘a child in need is a child who is disabled or whose vulnerability is such that they are unlikely to reach or maintain a satisfactory level of health and development, or their health and development will be significantly impaired without the provision of services’.

The outcome of the assessment and plan may range from a simple referral to another agency or a more detailed, long-term written action plan. 

Your child may be eligible for an assessment if:

  • they have a medical diagnosis of a severe physical impairment, learning impairment or autism
  • they have a home address in Bristol city
  • their needs can’t be met by standard children’s services

Contact us  at to ask about an assessment.


Findability is  a website full of information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families.  It is Bristol’s Local Offer.

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Contact information

Disabled Children Services

5 Knowle West Health Park

Downton Road


Bristol, BS4 1WH

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 903 8250

Text phone: 0117 903 8255

Fax: 0117 903 8254