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Assessments for children with a disability

Assessments for children with a disability - social care

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If your child has a disability you might be able to get help and support from us. We'll carry out an assessment to see if your child is eligible.

To be eligible for services children must:

  • Have a permanent and substantial disability
  • Be under 18
  • Live in the Wokingham Borough
  • Require more attention and support than another child of the same age and gender

Read the eligibility criteria (PDF document) to find out more. 

Support can 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 to help care for a disabled child
  • Support to help make changes to your home and get special equipment

We'll will need to carry out an assessment to find out what kind of support you need.

This means we'll look at your child's and family's needs, and will work out a plan to provide services or support.

Assessments should be completed in 45 working days. 

It may be quicker than this in an emergency situation. It can sometimes take longer, depending on the circumstances, but you will be kept informed throughout the process.

If the assessment shows your child could be helped by specialist equipment or adaptations to your home, then an occupational therapist will arrange to visit you.

During the visit they will carry out an assessment to see which equipment and adaptations could help.

What happens next depends on which kinds of equipment and adaptations you'll need and how much they'll cost

Adaptations and equipment under £1000

Adaptations that are under £1000 are funded by us.

Adaptations and equipment over £1000

For adaptations that total over £1000 you'll need to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. 

The occupational therapist will go through the application process with you.

Visit the Disabled Facilities Grant page to read more.

Short breaks help disabled children and young people to have fun, gain independence, learn and develop. While families get to take a much needed break from their 24 hour caring.

If you think you're eligible you can ask for an assessment:

If your child's needs can't be met by us then you can search our children with additional needs directory to find other services which can help you

Some of these services are universal, meaning they don't have eligibility criteria.

You can also contact the Children with additional needs (CAN) network. They provide advice and support and can put you in touch with services that can help you.

If you disagree with the decision we've made:

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