The Council’s aim is that disabled children, young people and their families have the support they need to be fully participating members of the Bolton family.

Disabled Children’s Services work with colleagues across health, education and social care to help disabled children have the best start in life and the on-going support they and their families need to fulfil their potential.

Services can be provided from birth up to the age of 18 to young people who have a long term disability and whose care needs are significantly and consistently greater than children and young people of the same age.

Parents of disabled children are encouraged to register basic information about their child's needs on a database known as 'The Record'. This is used to inform future service development and to ensure that the Local Authority collates and keeps accurate records in respect of children’s needs. Our Parent Information and Support Worker, Elaine Nuttall, coordinates the Record and she can be contacted on 01204 337102.

Information and updates about events and activities for disabled children will be shared on the Local Offer where updates will be regularly published.

The Children with Disabilities Social Work Team will assess and review the needs of children and their families and act as a link to other services, including short breaks and transition planning.

Once a child's needs have been assessed, social workers will discuss with families the best way to meet the needs. This may be through universal or targeted services or may be a referral to our specialist Local Authority Short Break Service, Bridges (Family Support, Bolton Shared Care, residential). This provision is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). If families wish to have their specialist short break needs met via a direct payment rather than through the local authority, they can discuss this with the social worker and may be given this option.

Bridges Family Support Service - Overall Outstanding

Contact a Family launches first SEN National Advice Service

Contact a Family has been awarded the Department for Education contract to establish a new country-wide service for families of children with special educational needs. Details of this can be found in the press release.

The Special Education Needs National Advice Service will offer comprehensive advice and information to parents in England who have a child with SEN, additional needs or disabilities, on any aspect of their child’s education.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2014 - 2018

This document details our strategy to deliver the SEND reforms effectively and improve outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Read the strategy

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