Children’s Disability Service

There are 3 tiers to this service:

Tier 2: Targets children and young people needing additional help by working to support their needs through Nursing, Psychology, Allied Health Professional and Community/Voluntary sector provision at a local level. Practical advice and/or adjustments to support care needs and signposting to other relevant services that support children who do not meet the criteria for a Social Work Service.

Tier 3: Targets Children with Multiple and Complex Needs. For children with a permanent and substantial learning or physical disability and/or complex health care needs which have a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to engage in normal day-to-day activities with a consequent negative effect on family functioning. This is a Social Work lead service.

The Children’s Disability Tier 3 Service provides:

  • A Social Work service, designed to support families in high level need that can include statutory requirements such as Child Protection and Children in Care.
  • A Learning Disability Nursing service.
  • A Family Support service to children and their carers who meet the criteria for the service.  This includes access to residential short break provision and a Fostering short-break service – click here for further information.

Tier 4: Targets Children with Acute or Highly Complex Needs. This is focused on those children who are assessed as requiring safeguarding/accommodation/intensive family support or specialist treatment/therapeutic ether at home, specialist residential provision or in hospital.

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Contact Details

Ards (Scrabo Children’s Centre)

24-32 Frederick Street
BT23 4LR

Call us(028) 4451 3938

Downpatrick (Ward 25, Downshire Hospital)

53 Ardglass Road
BT30 6JQ

Lisburn (Lisburn Primary Care Centre, Lagan Valley hospital)

39 Hillsborough Road
BT28 1JP

Residential overnight short breaks is provided in:

Lindsay House (Dunmurry)

Greenhill YMCA (Newcastle)

Forest Lodge (Belfast)

Long stay residential placements are provided in:

Glenmore Cottage (Hilden)

Beechfield (Conlig)

Somerton Road Children’s Home (Belfast)

Out of Hours Times & Information

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm