Who are our services for?
The Whole Life Disability Teams carry out assessments of children and young people between 0-19 years who have permanent and substantial disability, whose welfare, health or development are likely to be impaired without the provision of specialist short breaks, support services, adaptations or equipment.
We support children who have complex health needs and/or moving and handling requirements, significant learning disabilities, sensory impairment (including those who are blind and/or deaf), physical disabilities such that they need special services, or enhanced support to enable them to live ordinary family lives.
What do we do?
The Whole Life Disability Teams are an integrated service which includes Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Family Support Workers with specialist knowledge in the area of childhood disability.
Social Workers and Family Support Workers within the Teams work in partnership with children and young people, their families, carers and other agencies to assess needs and ensure that required specialist services are provided.
The assessment covers areas such as:
- Emotional and behavioural development
- Self care skills
- Identity and social presentation
- Family and social relationships
- Family history
- Housing and environment
Services provided include short breaks, home care, advice and sign posting.
Occupational Therapists within the Team find solutions to difficulties with every day activities, for example, providing or arranging.
- Minor or major adaptations
- Recommendations for re-housing
- Advice and information
Depending on needs, an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy assistant will visit a child at home to assess how the child and or the family are managing every day activities such as seating, mobility, toileting, dressing, food preparation etc.
Occupational Therapists work with the Adaptations Agency to enable essential adaptations to the home if required. They will assist you with an application for a disabled facilities grant.
How can you access us?
The Team operates a public duty point which is staffed by workers from within the Team who can answer questions, offer advice, take referrals and signpost to the appropriate service.
A referral to the Team may be made by telephone or in writing; by the family or carers, the child or young person, or any professional involved with the family who has consent. A professional referring to the Team will be expected to have completed a CAF.
Telephone: 0115 8838266
You can telephone us or call into the office to see a Duty Worker Monday- Friday 08:30am – 4:50 pm.
Whole Life Disability Team
Mary Potter Centre