Family support for children with disabilities
Our Children with Disabilities service works with Hampshire County Council. It believes and understands that children and young people should receive high quality, coordinated and family-centred support. The support is based on assessed needs and promotes social inclusion, enabling them and their families, where possible, to live ordinary lives.
The Children Act defines a child as disabled if they:
- are blind, deaf, or dumb
- suffer from a mental disorder of any kind
- are substantially or permanently handicapped by illness, injury, or congenital deformity
- other such disability as may be prescribed.
We also know that social and environmental factors affect a child’s level of disability, and the care needs of these children, and the demands on parents, carers and siblings, can be exceptional.
View the Children's Social Care Threshold and Eligibility Criteria.
Call 0300 300 0177 for an initial assessment of need if you believe your child is eligible for support. If the line is engaged, you will be put through to an answerphone to leave your contact details. We will contact you as quickly as possible.
Support services for children and families
The following services and organisations provide more advice and support:
- Autism Alert Programme (Alert Card, car sticker, Passport and Alert app) from Autism Hampshire
- Short Breaks
- Local Offer
- Personal Budgets
- Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
- Parent Voice IW
- Beaulieu House and our respite care home.
If you are unhappy with this service or any decisions made on your behalf, contact us or find out more about the children's services complaints process.