Disabled Childrens Team

Disabled Children’s Intervention Team (DCIT)

Statement of Purpose

Aims and Objectives

The Disabled Children’s Intervention Team aims to be the Isle of Wight’s top provider of high quality support to disabled children and young people (aged 0-18).

As a multidisciplinary team we form part of the wider Resources Team in Childrens Services. We  work in close partnership with health, education, social services and voluntary agencies to support families and children to build resilience to prevent family breakdown. The team offer skilled support for children and young people who are impacted by a disability.

We aim to do this in a variety of ways including:

  • Enabling the young person to successfully learn and develop an independent living skill including self-care skills
  • To enable the child/ young person to manage boundaries and to adapt behaviours which may be deemed challenging
  • To promote the interests of young people and their families wherever appropriate.
  • To facilitate a clear, smooth transition from childhood into adult transition services
  • Supporting the young person to confidently access a community activity and link in with Short Breaks opportunities.
  • Supporting the young person to establish and or improve routines at home.
  • Working in partnership with other agencies to deliver recommendations e.g. reduction in anxiety through recommendations from CAHMS, Occupational Theory or schools.
  • Transfer of positive behavioural plans from school to home.
  • Transition support at times of change e.g. changes of school or indeed going to school.
  • Supporting young people to have a greater awareness of diagnosis and the impact of their own behaviours.
  • Personal Profile work to enable young people to only tell their story once including the completion of DisDAT (Disability Distress Assessment Tool) and Hospital Passport Paperwork this can also help to inform the development of Personal Budgets.
  • Engaging with young people where social work engagement has not been successful.
  • We help co-ordinate on going identified support avenues and make referrals where appropriate e.g. Occupational Therapy, CAHMS, Young Carers.

Our Learning Disability Nurses are additionally able to support young people and outcomes include:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of diagnosis and medication.
  • Improving quality of sleep.
  • Working towards establishing improved toileting.
  • Supporting the young person to reduce outbursts in behaviours.
  • Completion of Continuing Health Care (CHC) Assessments
  • Liaising with other health colleagues and schools/colleges
  • Risk Assessment development
  • Developing Positive Behaviour Plans in partnership with young people, families and associated professionals
  • Body map development and training.

We work closely with the young person, carers and their social worker during the period of outcome intervention and we form part of the professional team that surround the families.

Outcome interventions can vary in length but regular reviews are held to ensure that the outcome remains achievable, focused and child centred and can continue on a longer term basis where it is felt to be of benefit.

Additionally, we inform the service plan development of the needs of the disabled children and young people on the Isle of Wight, by collecting feedback and data.

DCIT staff are provided with on going regular training opportunities from the Isle of Wight Council including Safeguarding and an expectation that they hold a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) level 3 or equivalent. The support staff are provided with monthly supervisions, team meetings and personal development reviews to ensure that they have the skills required to provide high quality and safe support to our service users. Interventions are planned with guidance from the Learning Disability Nurses within the team.

The staff team are part of the multi disciplinary team of the Isle of Wight and at the forefront of their practice  ensure the safety and well being of every child/ young person who access the service. This is done through the active promotion of multi agency working, attending child/ young person reviews and enabling participation and advocacy for the child/young person.

Referral Process

Currently our service is only available if the child or young person has a social worker. Social workers can refer to our service through a resources panel.