Disabled children services
Services we can provide
The Disabled Children Service provides a range of assessments and services for disabled children in Bristol, who have needs arising from their impairment which cannot be met by services available to all children.
Services provided include:
- Advice and information on services available in the community to meet the needs of disabled children, their parents and carers
- Social work assessment and plan to address particular needs arising from the child/young person’s impairment.
- Providing support for the young person and family.
- occupational therapy assessment services
- community, family, and residential based short breaks
- advice and assistance to access inclusive play and leisure facilities
Some children find it harder to learn than other children of the same age.
Children who are finding learning difficult are supported by their teachers, or with some extra help in school.
A few children have more complicated learning difficulties, and may need extra help or equipment in school to help them access an appropriate education.
Special educational support
The law says that children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them." (1996 Education Act).
About one in five children may have special educational needs of some kind. Some children may have special educational needs for a relatively short time; others will have special educational needs right through their education.
Most children with special educational needs will have appropriate provision made for them by their school, working with parents.
Sometimes the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team may become involved in helping the school to provide the support needed. For details of Special Schools, which are set up to deal with children with special educational needs, can be found on our school finder.
Findability is an on line directory for disabled children and their families, listing thousands of organisations and events in one place.
Findability is supported by:
Findability News replaces the ‘Disability Register Newsletter’ and the ‘Aiming High’ newsletter.
CYPS in partnership with NHS Bristol are working towards the Every Disabled Child Matters Charter
For more information visit the Every Disabled Child Matters website.
Find out about the The Transitions Information Service which helps young people with additional support needs in the ‘transition’ to adult life and services.
Elsewhere on the web
- 1 Big Database Go to http://www.1bigdatabase.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Bristol Black Carers Go to http://www.bristolblackcarers.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Bristol Parent Carers Go to http://www.bristolparentcarers.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Contact a Family Go to http://www.cafamily.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Council for Disabled Children Go to http://www.ncb.org.uk/cdc/home.aspx (opens new window)
- Findability Bristol Go to http://www.findabilitybristol.org.uk (opens new window)
- Go Places to Play Go to http://www.goplacestoplay.org.uk (opens new window)
- Hop, Skip and Jump (Seven Springs South West) Go to http://www.hopskipandjump.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Preparing for Adulthood Go to http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk (opens new window)
- The Carers Centre for Bristol and Sou Go to http://www.carers.org/local-centre/bristol-0 (opens new window)
- The Family Fund Go to http://www.familyfund.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- The Jessie May Trust - Children's Charity in Bristol Go to http://www.jessiemay.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- The National Autistic Society Go to http://www.autism.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Transitions Go to http://www.transitioninfonetwork.org.uk (opens new window)
- Registration form for Bristol Register of Disabled Children (pdf, 90 KB) (pdf, 90k) (opens new window)
- Information about the Bristol Register of Disabled Children (pdf, 31 KB) (pdf, 31k) (opens new window)
- Eligibility criteria for assessment by DCS (pdf, 56 KB) (pdf, 56k) (opens new window)
- Short Breaks Service Statement 2012/13 (pdf, 2.4 MB) (pdf, 2.4MB) (opens new window)
- Transitions Protocol (pdf, 275 KB) (pdf, 276k) (opens new window)
- Transitions Strategy (pdf, 71 KB) (pdf, 71k) (opens new window)
Disabled Children Services
5 Knowle West Health Park
Bristol, BS4 1WH
Tel: 0117 903 8250
Text phone: 0117 903 8255
Fax: 0117 903 8254