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Children With Disabilities(CWD)

The Children With Disabilities Service is a Specialist service which supports children who have profound, severe, complex and long-term needs, and their families. It provides access to a wide range of support for children and young people according to assessed need from age 0 to 19 years, and then on until they engage with Adult Services.

The team deals as a social work team with Children in Need, Children on Child Protection Plans and Looked After Children as well as Care Leavers.

The service is accessed by referral through the Referral and Assessment Service (Link R&A Service), usually by one or more of the local services with whom the child or young person and their families are already engaged.

On referral to the R& A service there is a careful assessment of the needs of the child or young person and their family in partnership with them. This identifies which care service(s) is (are) best placed to help them. If the referral continues to CWD a further assessment is carried out to ensure that support or intervention is appropriate and at the right level to support the family and the child or young person. CWD then draws down that support.

For more information about how the R&A Service and the CWD Service sits within Children’s Social Care Service please follow this link to the Children’s Social Care pages.

Read the Eligibility criteria children with disabilities.

Lambeth short breaks policy

We are currently in the process of retendering our short breaks service within Lambeth. Our Commissioning and Children with Disabilities team are working together to ensure that the new short breaks statement is fit for purpose, whilst also linking it to the new service set-up. The new short breaks policy will be finalised by September 2017.

During this period we will be looking to engage with families regarding the statement to help us to develop it – if you would like to be involved in this, please contact Sharon Kitson at Contact a Family  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or on 020 7326 5270 or 07415 643 902.

To read the Lambeth short Breaks statement please click here

If you wish to speak to someone about this service please contact the Lambeth Children’s Social Care Team on 020 7926 5555

If you wish to provide us with feedback about the CWD Service, or your experience in relation to another Children’s Social care Service, please follow this link Feedback to a page where you can send that to us