West Berkshire Council

Disabled Children's Service (DCT)

The Disabled Children's Team (DCT) is a statutory service who work specifically with children and young people, who are aged 0 to 18, with significant special needs and/or disabilities, as defined in the Children Act 1989:

- their disability means they have significantly greater difficulty with physical, learning, social, emotional or educational development than other children of the same age

- they have a permanent and significant learning or physical disability sufficient to prevent the child or young person from taking part in activities which are within the capacity of children of the same age

- their learning and physical disability issues will result in long-term impairment of health and social development.

- they have very complex health needs or where a child has a life limiting illness, and coordination is needed across services ensure the best possible outcomes

- they require constant supervision and are dependent on others for basic day-to-day care needs

- they have a significant hearing impairment or visual impairment

We are a multidisciplinary team and focus on working with disabled children, young people and their families to ensure they are safe and there is appropriate support in place to meet their and their carers' needs. We want to ensure children and young people have the opportunity meet their potential, be as independent as possible and have a positive family life.

Children and young people will have either a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan, which are regularly reviewed, to ensure that their needs and carers' needs are being met.

We also provide support for Occupational Therapy and Direct Payments.

Direct Payments

As a parent you can use direct payments to employ a person to support and care for your child/young person

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Short Breaks Fostering and Respite Care

Offering families a break from caring, while their child enjoys spending time with a short break carer

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping children and young people overcome the effects of disability so that they can carry out everyday tasks

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