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.CWD pic

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 – Social workers will work with you and your family to find the best way to support you.
  • 16 – 25 social workers – 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.
  • 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.
  • Occupational Therapy – Occupational Therapists work with children and young people who have a substantial and long-term disability which makes day-to-day activities difficult.

Sensory workers also form part of the social care teams to offer support where there is a sensory impairment.

There are further pages on the right of this page for more information about how the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service can help you and your family and how you can access this help.

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.

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)


Hours of operation

Monday - thursday, 9am - 5pm, Friday, 9am - 4:30pm


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.


Phone number

03330 139867

Operational locations

  • Essex

Address

County Hall
Market Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH

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