For support to be accessed and an assessment completed by the Child Care Disability Team, the below criteria applies:
Children and young people from birth to eighteen years if they are physically or sensory impaired, or have learning disabilities and:
• If their disability means they have significantly greater difficulty with physical, intellectual, social, emotional or educational development than the majority of children of the same age.
• If these difficulties are such that the child requires social work assessment/care planning by the Child Care Disability Team to:-
a) Make effective use of the facilities of a kind generally available for children of the same age.
b) Promote every day functioning at home and in the community.
c) Access specialist inter-agency help to maximise physical, social, emotional and educational progress.
• Difficulties with all basic functions of such severity that one-to-one assistance is called for all care needs.
• Physical difficulty or chronic illness resulting in long-term impairment of health or development, even with the provision of drugs, diet or aids.
• Requiring constant supervision and dependent on others even for basic day-to-day care needs. Broadly based on measured levels of social functioning and social history.
• A permanent learning impairment sufficient to prevent the child/young person from fulfilling roles/activities which are generally understood to be within the capacity of children of that age, social and cultural background.
• Blind, no useful vision, partially sighted, visual difficulties sufficient to impair every day activities and/or development despite the use of aids.
• Little or no hearing. Hearing difficulties even with hearing aids. Has, or is likely to have, persistent difficulty with language and communication sufficient to impair development.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behaviour. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age