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Children with disabilities

The Dudley Disability Service supports children and young people, aged from birth to 18, with learning or physical disabilities, special educational needs or autism to live independent, happy and fulfilling lives.

What help and support is available?

Social Care Services

For children and young people, aged from birth to 18, with a diagnosed disability, or autism.

Early years help for children and families

Our specialist Early Years Service is about taking action as soon as possible to provide support where problems are emerging or with vulnerable people who are most at risk of developing problems. This service is for children from birth to four, with developmental delay.

Specialist Education Services

Transitions services - preparing for adulthood

We work with young people from 14 years old who have complex needs and disabilities to transition from children’s to adult services.

We promote and maximise opportunities for young people to be as independent as possible and to be part of local communities. This is achieved via a range of appropriate pathways that support individuals to have choice, control and to achieve their individual aspirations. View Transitions.

Short breaks

For children and young people from birth to 18 with a diagnosed disability or autism.  Short Breaks can assist carers to allow them to continue to provide care or to do so more effectively, provide the benefit of a break from caring responsibilities for both you and your child.

Assessments

Understanding an individuals needs is the first step to getting the right decision about the care and support they may need.  There is an assessment for each person who uses the Dudley Disability Service, which will identify if there will be a cost for any support provided. However many of our services are provided free of charge.

Children and family care

We have a key responsibility to help ensure the wellbeing of children and young people this is assessed through our Children and Family Care Assessment.

Carer's Assessment

A carers assessment is an opportunity for you to discuss with us your needs and feelings as a carer and the support or services you need to help you continue caring.

Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) needs assessments

We offer EHC plan needs assessments for children and young people from birth to 25, with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Direct Payments

A direct payment is a payment paid to families/carers to provide care instead of Children’s Services providing the care directly. Direct payments give you more choice and control over how support services are provided.

Referrals

Referrals from anyone who works with children should be made by completing a Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) below.

Compliments and complaints

We are committed to providing high quality, affordable services to you. There are times when we do things well and we would love to hear about them! There may also be times when things go wrong and you are left unhappy or dissatisfied.  Please help us to ensure we deliver the best quality services appropriate to your needs.