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 additional 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.

Where children are receiving services through other teams e.g. Gateway, Family Intervention Team, Complex Health, Sensory or Autism services, the teams may also provide specialist support to those teams in relation to disability.

The Children’s Disability Tier 3 Service provides:

  • A Social Work service, designed to meet statutory requirements in relation to child protection.
  • A Learning Disability Nursing service.
  • A Family Support service to children and their carers who are in the above category. This includes a Fostering and Short-break service – click here for further information.

Tier 4: Targets Children with Acute or Highly Complex Needs. This is targeted at 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)

Frederick Street
BT23 4LR

Call us(028) 9151 0190

Downpatrick (Ward 25)

Ardglass Road
BT30 6RA

Call us(028) 9048 4511

Residential respite is provided in:

Lindays House (Dunmurry)

Beechfield (Conlig)

Forest Lodge (Belfast)

Long stay residential placements are provided in Glenmore Cottage (Hilden) and Somerton Road Children’s Home (Belfast).

Out of Hours Times & Information

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm