The Special Educational Needs and Disability Team provides emotional and practical social care support to meet the needs of children aged 0-17 years who have substantial, long-term disabilities which have a profound impact on their lives. Our vision is for families with disabled children to have the support they need to live ordinary lives as a matter of course.
The services we can provide to families of children and young people with disabilities assessed as a 'child in need' include:
- short breaks – during the day or overnight
- support to enable a disabled child to access community-based leisure activities
- support in the home with the care of a disabled child
- support to access adaptations and special equipment
The team works closely with other services for disabled children to ensure families experience a joined up service.
Referral to the team
A referral to the team can be made by anyone, including the families, a GP or a Health Visitor. All initial enquiries and referrals should be made to the Referral and Assessment Team on 0191 433 2653 and ask to speak to the duty social worker. All enquires related to open cases should be directed to your allocated social worker.
If your child has Special Educational Needs but they are not deemed eligible to receive social care support, there is still a lot of support available in Gateshead. You can find out more by looking at Gateshead's Local Offer.