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

We work with colleagues across:

  • health
  • education
  • social care

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.

Our 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 this has been done, social workers will discuss with families the best way to meet their needs. This may be through universal or targeted services or may be a referral to our specialist 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 us, they can discuss this with the social worker.

Contact SEN National Advice Service

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, delivers the country-wide information and guidance service for families of children with special educational needs, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

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.