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Children with Disabilities (CwD) Service

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The Children with Disabilities Service (CWDS) is a specialist team based at the Civic Offices.


We are responsible for the assessment of children with severe and profound disabilities up to the age of 18 and the provision of information and the packages of support to meet their assessed needs.


The team comprises of social workers, social work assistants and an Occupational Therapist.



Who we are:
The team provides services to children aged 0-18 who are able to be registered as children with disabilities under the following categories:

  • Significant learning disability
  • Physical disability
  • Chronic ill health

When the child and family are in need of:

  • Social work advice and support
  • Care package provision
  • The child is looked after by the Local Authority
  • Safeguarding and Child protection services


What we do:

The team provides both a social work and a care management service. Our aim is to work in partnership with parents and other professionals to provide support when it is needed.

The team works in partnership with education, health, other social work teams and short break providers to ensure the co-ordination of the assessment of the needs of the family and the formulation of individualised care plans and support packages.


The priority for case allocation in the team is:

High priority

  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Care proceedings
  • Looked after children

Medium priority

  • Care package provision and maintenance
  • Social work advice and support

A duty system is operated for initial support.



We provide the Short Breaks service - Short breaks can be offered in a number of settings for children with a range of needs.


We have a Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) in the team. The OT can provide advice/support regarding adaptations and for specialist children’s equipment at home. Services for major and minor adaptations in the home are based on the Disabled Facilities Grant criteria. A home assessment will be required to assess the needs of the child.


We manage the Children with Disabilities Register - The children Act 1989 required all Social care departments to put together a register of children with disabilities, this register is to be used as a planning tool.


For more information about the Children with Disabilities Register - refer to the link on the panel on the right.


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Service Update from the Children with Disabilities Service about Short Breaks and Direct Payements April 2020
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Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT

020 3045 3600 during working hours (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm)

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