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Guide: Getting an assessment and accessing support from the Disabled Children’s Service

Universal Services

Services that anyone can use are known as ‘Universal Services’. They are open to everyone across Devon, regardless of whether they are disabled or not. Examples of Universal Services include, children’s centres, libraries and primary care services such as GPs.

Most families will get the support they need by accessing Universal Services. Anyone who knows your family, for example a health visitor, teacher, school nurse, GP etc, can help you explore the Universal Services available in your local area. You can also search online:

These services can help families where your:

  • Child or young person’s additional care needs are being met by you and your family.
  • Child or young person requires support to broaden their experiences and/or prevent build-up of stress in your family.
  • Child or young person’s sensory impairment or learning disability does not impact significantly on their care needs.
  • Child or young person has emotional and/ or behavioural difficulties which are not linked to a chronic and enduring disability.

When we look at what support your child needs, we also consider the needs of the rest of the family. For ‘Universal Services’ these needs might include: 

  • Sibling needs: you disabled child or young person’s care needs do not significantly impact on their siblings’ opportunities.
  • Parent/ carer needs: your disabled child or young person’s disability does not significantly impact on your well being and personal life as a parent/carer.
  • Parenting: you, as a parent or carer, are providing care within your existing support networks and your child or young person’s disability does not impact significantly on the way your family functions.

Examples of universal services include:

  • Midwifery
  • Primary Care Services (including GPs)
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses
  • Dental practices
  • Early Years Settings
  • Schools
  • Voluntary Sector Services
  • Faith Groups
  • Library and Information Services
  • Further Education
  • Benefits Agencies