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

What do we do?

Our Disabled Children’s Service (DCS) offers advice, support and practical help to families who have a disabled child or young person.

All disabled children and young people under 18 years old who live in Devon are entitled to have their needs assessed and we first use something known as ‘eligibility criteria’ to help us understand if they are likely to need support.

The type of support families could receive is dependent on the individual needs of your child and family, which we identify through an assessment. This just means that we talk to you to gather information about your child and family to make sure you get the right help, at the right time and in the right place.

Our Teams

At the moment our Disabled Children’s Service is set up in two types of teams:

  • The ‘Support and Advice’ team work countywide primarily with families who can generally manage to look after their children well, but may require additional support (including ‘Short Breaks’).
  • The ‘Social Work’ teams link to the four geographical areas across Devon and work with families who need extra help or specialist support or to look after their children and keep them safe.