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2.3.1 Childhood Disability Service


Disability Resource Panel Procedure

Interagency Protocol for Children and Young People with Severe and/or Complex Needs

Direct Payments Policy and Procedures

Short Breaks Procedure

Greater Manchester SCP Procedures, Children with Disabilities Procedure


This chapter was adjusted in November 2016 to reflect current terminology and reference children with Statements of Educational Need / Education, Health and Care Plans.

Note: This chapter will be reviewed when the 0-25 Transformation Children with Disability Test Project is implemented.


  1. Children who come within the remit of the service are those children who by virtue of:
    1. Physical disability;
    2. Severe learning disability;
    3. Moderate global learning disability (greater than literacy problems);
    4. Visual impairment;
    5. Hearing impairment.

    Are functionally impaired and need significantly greater care and supervision than that needed by children of a similar age. They would qualify for the middle or higher rate if DLA Care Component and/or higher rate DLA Mobility Component. There will usually be a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place;

  2. Children who would not usually come within the remit of the service are children who have a medical condition which responds to treatment and which does but affect their overall functioning e.g. Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis. However, within this group children who suffer a greater negative impact from their condition may have a need for the service. Those children who having hearing impairment resolved by the provision of hearing aids, or visual impairment resolved by the provision of glasses which enables them to function as other children may move out of the service remit after brief input;

Children with A.D.D / A.D.H.D only come within the service remit if they have an additional global learning disability. Children who are developmentally delayed in infancy but show significant improvement in response to therapies may move out of the service remit after a period of involvement;

Children who have emotional/behavioural disorders or mental illness would not usually come within the remit of this service (unless they have other disabilities which are affecting their overall functioning). These children would come more appropriately within the remit of Children and Families Teams or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services;

  1. Receipt of DLA is not always an indicator of need for disability services. Some children from the groups in paragraph two may qualify for the allowance because of their additional management problems e.g. medication, but otherwise be functioning at the average level for their age, would not require intervention of this service or need to be labelled as Disabled.