We believe that the basic needs for disabled children are no different from those of any other child. But we recognise that some disabled children have additional needs, or face extra barriers which prevent their inclusion in society. And it is those children, that we try hard to support.
This service covers:
- Children’s Social Care Disability Service
- Children’s Social Care Disability Early Support Services
- Community Inclusion and Activity Team
- Somerset Supporter Scheme (children with disabilities)
- Direct Payment Scheme
- Short Breaks Children’s Homes
- Short Breaks Foster Care
- Home based care
The team works closely with colleagues in the Health and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Services, and the Inclusion Team within Education.
- Autism and Communications Service (for children up to age 13)
- Occupational Therapy Service – specialist environmental and functional assessors in the home, school, respite and other venues
If you are a professional and wish to make a referral to Children’s Social Care, it must be submitted using our multi-agency referral form – the Early Help Assessment (EHA) which you can find at: www.professionalchoices.org.uk
Community Inclusion and Activity Team
If your child or young person:
- has a diagnosed disability or is currently going through the process of an assessment
- has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or PIP
You can refer to the Community Inclusion and Activity Team for time-limited support for your family to help with information, advice and signposting, and possible funding to help you to access local opportunities.
- Summer Activity Calendar 2022
- Community Inclusion and Activity Team Flyer
- Free Activity Day Passes – Available all year round for all families in Somerset with a child or young person with a disability or additional need.
- Youth Equipment Store Flyer
- Youth Equipment Store: Accessible Items
- West Somerset Area: Library Packs for Kids
You can sign your children up to do SASP Challenges on their website and they can win certificates when they complete a challenge. SASP Challenge events can be found here. You can also find some activities that have been adapted for home on their website.
The Children with Disabilities Service offers an assessment for disabled children and their families.
This document provides information about the range of Services available to families of children and young people with a disability or additional need living in Somerset aged 0-18 years.
Ensuring that children and young people with disabilities are seen as people first
Some ideas for families of what is available to improve your child’s safety at home and in the community.