Children and Young People with Disabilities Service

Social care is available to support some people who have learning disabilities, physical or sensory impairment or who have particular mental health difficulties.

The service is made up of four area social work teams (0-15 years and 16-25 years), Child and Family Support Teams, Information, Advice and Guidance teams, and an Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Service which covers the whole county. 

The Service has teams in each of the local offices in Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow.

In each office there is a team of:

• 0 - 15 social workers, which includes Child and Family Support
 
Sensory workers also form part of the social care teams to offer support where there is a sensory impairment.
 
The following pages provide information about how the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service can help you and your family and how you can access this help.

Children with Disabilities  
 
0 - 15 Social Care
 
Social workers will work with you and your family to find the best way to support you.
 
You will find more information about how we can help children with disabilities by clicking here 
Young people with disabilities  
 
16 - 25 Social Care
 
At around the age of 16 you will get a new social worker who will make sure that you continue to get the right support as you approach adulthood.
 
You will more information about social care for young adults by clicking here 
Young person writing their plan  
 
Information, Advice and Guidance
 
Advisers work with young people from Year 9 at school. They will give information to help young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs plan their next steps when they leave school. For more information please click here 
Girl in hoist  
 
Occupational Therapy
 
Our Occupational Therapists work with children and young people who have a substantial and long-term disability which makes day-to-day activities difficult. For more information about Occupational Therapy please click here 
Contact us  
Contact Us
 
You can see how to contact each team directly by clicking here 

 

The Family and Child Support Service work alongside the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service to provide time limited advice, information, guidance and practical support to families that are open to social care. This can include working with parents on strategies around managing their child's behaviour, assisting families to implement behaviour management plans, completing sleep assessment, creating visual communication aids and social stories. 

Who the service provides for: 

Children and young adults aged between 0 and up to 25 who have assessed needs (special educational needs and/or disabilities)

How the service is accessed: 
To make a new referral for children up to the age of 18 email foh@essex.gcsx.gov.uk or telephone 0345 603 7627 To make a new referral for young adults aged 18 and over email socialcaredirect@essex.gov.uk or telephone 0845 6037630.
Address: 
County Hall
Market Road
CM1 1QH Chelmsford
United Kingdom
Operational locations: 
Essex
Phone number: 
03330 139867
Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00