The Children's Disability Team provide Social Work support and services to disabled children and young people aged 0 to 18 years old, who have a broad range of needs that impact on their ability to be equal, safe and to achieve their potential.

We recognise that families may need a little extra support from time to time and the Social Workers will work in partnership with parents, carers and young people and to offer advice, support and social work before a situation reaches crisis point. The team work with children and young people aged 0 to 18 years identified as having:

  • A moderate to severe learning disability (including where the young person also has a diagnosed autism spectrum condition)
  • A physical disability or sensory impairment where there is a significant impact on day to day life
  • Complex health needs or long-term medical condition where there is a significant impact on day to day life
  • Needs for services arising out of the child's disabilities or intrinsic condition and  these needs cannot be met by universal or targeted services alone

Social workers take the lead role in co-ordinating and carrying out assessments of need and formulating care plans that are compliant with all relevant statutory requirements and department policies, standards and guidelines that promote the well-being and protection of children. One worker is specifically employed to support transitions to Adult Social Care. We assess needs and risks through the completion of recognised assessment tools in accordance with government and local guidance for Children in Need, Children and Young People in Care and Child Protection.


Where necessary the social worker will initiate appropriate statutory action to protect children at risk and they hold responsibility for undertaking statutory visits to Children and Young People in Care; those subject to a Child Protection Plan and for identifying the permanency needs of children who cannot be cared for at home

We can help children and families by:

  • supporting parenting
  • helping parents develop the skills and understanding to be more effective in meeting their child's needs and to keep them safe at home
  • working with other teams or professionals to coordinate plans
  • requesting funding for short breaks or personal care support
  • arranging alternative care for children whose parents can't care for them
  • reviewing complex support packages regularly to make sure support continues to be right for the changing needs of children and families

To make a referral please contact the Gateway Team on 01752668000 or Out of Hours Team on 01752346984

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National Storytelling Week: Southway Library

Help us celebrate National Storytelling Week!

Join us for stories with juice and biscuits. All welcome.

National Storytelling Week: Devonport Library

What's your favourite book? Join us for shared reading, milk and cookies.

One You - Sugar Smart: Devonport Library

Story, crafts and Sugar Smart information session for parents and under 5s.

Times Tables Club: Crownhill Library

Have fun learning your times tables!

Join us every other Wednesday to make and play games to help you learn your tables!

Chatterbooks: Central Library

Chatterbooks are reading groups for children aged between 8 and 12.

If you like books and reading, come along to meet new friends, chat about books, join in games and competitions.

Hour of code: Efford Library

Want some help to complete this months Findalots bonus challenge?

Come along and try an Hour of Code where we will complete a simple coding activity via

World Nursery Rhyme Week: Plymstock Library

Join us for a special rhyme time session to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.

Remembrance: Plympton Library

Poppy button craft activity for children over 6 year old.

#GirlCode: Plymstock Library

#GIRLCODE is a free coding class for girls aged 8-14 who want to learn to code in a fun and friendly environment.

Run by tech industry professionals (Women in STEM Plymouth), the easy and interactive session will provide hands-on experience of programming using the BBC micro:bit.

All equipment will be provided, and no prior experience is needed.

#GIRLCODE aims to encourage girls in the Plymouth area to consider careers in technology and software development.