Disabled children

We provide support for disabled children and young people, their families and carers. We work with families to understand their needs and plan how to provide support that will make a positive difference. This might include:

  • advice about community activities
  • Children's Disability Social Care
  • short breaks for disabled children and young people
  • parent/carer assessments and support
  • long term support for families when children have complex physical or learning disabilities or challenging behaviour associated with their disabilities

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
  • provide specialist equipment to assist with daily activities 
  • 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

How to request support

To access the service a referral can be made through the Gateway. Email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk or phone 01752 668000.


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Plymouth Online Directory 

The Plymouth Online Directory (POD) is a directory of services that includes information for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, families and professionals.

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