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Eligibility criteria

Information about which children can be referred to the disabled children's service.

Eligibility for referral to the disabled children's service

The disabled children's service provides support for disabled children and young people where:

  • The disability has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities; and
  • There are significant difficulties in meeting needs within their family, broader support networks or through local universal provision.

You can read an pdf icon overview of disabled children's services here [1Mb].


Whilst eligibility decisions are based on individual need and professional judgement, including to what extent the impairment affects their lives and the lives of those who live with and care for them, it is likely that the disabled child or young person will fit into one or more of the following definitions:

  • A significant, permanent and enduring physical disability;
  • A significant global learning disability;
  • A severe and enduring communication disorder;
  • Autism with a significant global development delay and may have challenging behaviour; and / or
  • A significant sensory impairment.

Children who need lower levels of support may be eligible for a modest grant to purchase short breaks. For information about this see the pdf icon short breaks statement [267kb] document. There is also information about what else is available in the local offer section.

Disabled children's service teams may also work with young people aged 18 and up to 25 years if they still have an education, health and care plan. You can find out more about preparing for adulthood here.

If you are over 18 you may also be eligible to services from health and adult services.

This page was last updated on 14 September 2016