Disabled children and young people should be able to access services available to all children and young people. Not all children and young people with additional needs will require a specialist service or intervention.
Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities may also be able access specialist services through a social care assessment.
Social care assessments are the process by which information about children young people and their families and carers is gathered, so that decisions can be made about what support and interventions they may need and be entitled to.
If you are concerned about a child
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board has lots of useful information.
If you think that a child or young person is being abused or neglected call
- Peterborough: 01733 864180
- Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team on 01733 234724.
- You can also contact them using this online form Safeguarding children - Peterborough City Council
Requesting a social care assessment
Children 0 – 18
You can request a Children's Social Care assessment by calling 01733 864180. This is the first point of contact for all of Childrens Social Care.
They will ask you some questions to help decide who is best placed to respond to your request. Please provide as much information as you can, including that your child has a disability.
Adults over 18
If you are over 18 and are not already supported by the Disability Social Care Service, or any other Social Work Team you can request an Adult Social Care assessment. If you need to contact Adult Social Care please:
Complete our online form
Telephone: Adult Social Care: 01733 747474
Please provide as much information as you can about your situation, your needs and what you are looking for support with
Disability Social Care Service 0 - 25 Service
The Disability Social Care 0-25 teams support children and young people with disabilities and their families who have an assessed social care need.
Our teams are made up of Team Managers, Senior Practitioners, Social Workers, Care/Team Support Workers and Business Support.
Support from Adult Social Care
When you are over 18 years old any social care support you might need is organised by adult social care.
If you have been getting care and support from children's social care services, you may be eligible for support from adult social care.
If you have not been receiving support, but think that you might need it, this page explains what you need to do.
To find out more visit the Support from Adult Social Care page or call Adult Early Help on 01733 747474.
Activities and Support for Disabled Children (Short Breaks)
Opportunities for disabled children to spend time away from parents and carers
We provide or organise activities and support that provide opportunities for disabled children to spend time away from parents and carers within quality services.These are also known as short breaks and can also provide parents and carers with breaks from their caring responsibilities and facilitate quality of life by enabling families to access places and activities together.
Short breaks are defined as:
- Day time support in the child's home environment or elsewhere.
- Overnight care and support in child's home environment or elsewhere.
- Educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes.
More information can be found on our Activities and Support for Disabled Children webpage.
Occupational therapy in the community
If you are a parent or guardian of a child or young person with a physical or learning disability, then occupational therapy in the community can help you.
Occupational therapy staff can give you advice and information on activities of daily living, moving and handling issues, seating at home, housing needs and provide assistive equipment and adaptations to overcome some of the challenges you may experience.
You can find out more on the Specialist Health Services page.
Learning Disability and Autism Programme
The Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme (formally Transforming Care), can improve the lives of children, young people or children and adults with autism and/or learning disability with behaviour that challenges and/or mental health issues. It is about improved support in your community.
This is to try to prevent you having to go to a mental health hospital or residential unit which may be far away from where you live.
Support for carers
Considering your needs
The Children and Families Act 2014 gives parent carers and young carers, a right to assessment and to have their needs considered.
Further information can be found on the Support and Advice for Parent Carers and Carers page.