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The Disabled Children's Team's aim is to ensure that children and young people who are disabled or who have complex needs that result in disability will receive high quality, co-ordinated, child and family centred services that provide value for money, are based on assessed needs and promote social inclusion to enable children/young people and their families to lead fulfilling lives. Children and Young People in West Berkshire will be safeguarded and the Berkshire wide Child Protection Procedures adhered to.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Charlotte Roper
Contact Position
Acting Team Manager SEN/DCT
Telephone
01635 503161
E-mail
charlotte.roper@westberks.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
West Street House
Address
West Street
Newbury
West Berkshire
Postcode
RG14 1BZ

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Thursday 8.30pm to 5.00 and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

All social care referrals are to be made via the CAAS team. The CAAS team would consider if an assessment of need is required and if DCT criteria is met. Following the outcome of an assessment, a referral may be made to DCT.

Within DCT there are also Occupational Therapists (OT') referrals for OT's are also required through the CAAS team.

Other notes

DCT covers West Berkshire. We are a Team that offer a service to children with special needs/disabilities from birth to 18 years of age.

Local Offer

Description

DCT is a statutory child care team specifically for children with special needs/disabilities. We offer a service to children and families where there is a child in need of support. We also have a statutory responsibility and undertake all child protection investigations where there is a child that requires intervention and safeguarding.

Contact Name
Charlotte Roper
Contact Telephone
01635 503161
Contact Email
charlotte.roper@westberks.gov.uk
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
Needs Level
High
Medium

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Yes

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

The DCT primarily offers social care and OT support to children with significant disabilities, as described in The Children Act 1989. However over time language and access to services have been modernised to provide a more inclusive approach to work with children and their families. These are; Children and young people from birth to eighteen years if they have complex and severe learning / physical disabilities i.e.:- If their disability means they have significantly greater difficulty with physical, learning, social, emotional or educational development than the majority of children of the same age Learning disability and physical disability issues resulting in long-term impairment of health and social development. Very complex health needs where a child has a life limiting illness and where co-ordination is needed from a multi agency perspective to ensure good planning and quality outcomes Requiring constant supervision and dependent on others even for basic day-to-day care needs. A permanent and significant learning disability/physical disability sufficient to prevent the child/young person from fulfilling roles/activities which are generally within the capacity of children of that age,. Where there is a significant hearing impairment or visual impairment.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

CAAS may complete an assessment to consider whether your child’s need may meet DCT criteria.

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
No
Feedback and complaints procedure

Compliments and complaints leaflets are available to users of the service.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

DCT have a statutory responsibility and undertake all child protection investigations where there is a child that requires intervention and safeguarding.

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