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.

The Record

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person with additional needs, you can sign up to 'The Record' - Bolton's disabled children's register.

For more information about the benefits of signing up to the register, email our Parent Support and Information Worker at TheRecord@bolton.gov.uk.

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 2019 - 2023