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Children with Disabilities Services

Children with disabilities services support children and young people from birth to 18 years and their families/carers, where the child has a severe physical, sensory, learning disability or a long term complex health condition which seriously affects their daily living.

These services are provided to children and young people whose needs are not met by universal or early help and family solutions.

Children, young people, and their parents and carers may be able to access services following an assessment of need, such as: 

  • Short Breaks

  • Overnight stays/ respite to give you and your family a break from caring

  • Domiciliary Care for personal care needs

  • Direct Payments

Services will normally be commissioned directly by Dudley Children’s Services, although there are some services which are jointly commissioned by Dudley Children's Services and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

How do I access an assessment of need?

Following an assessment services available may include:

  • short breaks both in and away from home; these could be in the form of a few hours; all day or in some cases overnight.

  • direct payments which are payments to purchase short breaks and sometimes other services to enable choice and flexibility.

  • physical and practical support within the home

  • direct work children who have been assessed as having complex significant needs.

  • specialist support services via the Children's Disability Team

  • advice, assessments and support.
  • special assessments on behavioural interventions and sleep management

  • advice and support in relation to learning disabilities and health need

Dudley Short Breaks Programme

More information on Dudley's short breaks programme

Shared Lives

The Shared Lives scheme  offers an option for young people with care or support needs to  remain with their foster carers. The carers can transfer to the Shared Lives scheme and continue to care for the young person on a long term basis. This works very well for all concerned and offers a stress free and seamless transition.

Direct Payments

More information on Direct Payments via Children's Specialist Services

The Children's Disability Network

More information on the Children's Disability Network