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Disabled Children's Team

The Disabled Children's Team is a team made up of social workers, children's community learning disability nurses and family support workers.  The team works to support children, young people, families and carers where a child has a disability or complex health needs from 0 - 18.

The team also supports children in transition into Adult Services.  The social workers are involved in work with disabled children in care, safeguarding, court work, work with children in need and short breaks both Tier 2 and Tier 3.

The children's community learning disability nurses work with children with learning disabilities and/or autism and support with behaviour management, communication difficulties and social stories, anxieties and fears, structure and routine, relationships and feelings and emotions.  They also run the CYGNET parenting progremme.

All professional in the Team work on a multi agency basis with disabled children and their families.

Who to contact


Where to go

The Disabled Children's Team
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Gateway Plaza
Sackville Street
S70 2RD

Local Offer


Request for service can be made directly by children, young people, parents and carers by phone or by letter.

Request for service can also be made by any professional working with a family.  Note all professionals request for service need consent of the family unless the matter is a child protection/ safeguarding matter.  Request for service from professionals should be in writing.

The team communicate in a variety of ways with families dependant on what is most appropriate.  This can be face to face, by phone, text, letter or email.  Where necessary, interpreters/translators are used.  When involvement is longer term a plan of intervention is in place which is reviewed on a regular basis.

All the social workers and children's community learning disability nurses have recognised and up to date professional qualifications in their respective fields.  In addition staff in the team have extensive experience of supporting disabled children and their families.  All staff are supervised by the Team Manager.

Within the Disabled Children's Team we have:
Social Workers
Family Support Workers
Transition Senior Social Worker
Learning Disability Nurses
Short Breaks Social Worker

Non educational providers Local Offer Response

How accessible is the service and facilities for those with a disability

While the office has full accessibility for all.  Social workers and learning disability nurses undertake home visits when working with families.

The team offer a duty phone service Monday - Friday 08.45am -5.00pm

Future developments

We are currently developing our joint work with Adult Services to ensure smooth transition into adulthood for young people and good lifetime planning.  We are developing person centred planning in line with the forth coming SEN Code of Practice and the Care Act 2014.

In addition the Team is developing capacity with regard to the assessment and review of short breaks.

Last updated on 10/09/2019
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