Signposting - Social care services - Eligibility


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Section: Signposting

Subsection: Signposting - Social care services


Related subsections
Accessing social care, Assessment for social care, Services

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Wiltshire's Child Disability Teams (CDTs) provide a service, or services, to meet the additional needs of disabled children and young people up to the age of 18 who require support at the level of 'targeted specialist' or 'specialist' services (for more about service levels, please see our Services page.

Eligibility criteria

To receive a service from the CDT, your family will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. The main need for services must arise out of your child or young person’s disability or intrinsic condition
  2. These conditions must have a substantial or critical impact on the quality of your child / young person or your family
  3. His or her needs cannot be met by universal or targeted services alone

What the CDT will be looking for

In accessing if your family is eligible and ‘in need’ of targeted specialist or specialist services, the team will be looking at a number of factors.

Firstly, they will be looking at the impact of your child or young person’s condition or disability on the family. Is there a likelihood of family breakdown resulting from the demands of the care, supervision or the behaviour of the child/young person? How many other children live in the household and how are their needs being affected? Is it apparent that the families own resources and/or the universal/targeted services have so far been unable to provide the required level of support?

Secondly, the team will be looking at any possible negative health impacts on the carer, including lack of sleep, stress and moving & handling.

Thirdly, the CDT will be looking for evidence of severe challenging behaviours which impact aspects of the child or young person’s functioning, or which pose a risk to him/her self or others.

Lastly, there will be a consideration of any support required owing to the mental health needs of the child or young person.