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Who can access specialist services for disabled children?

The information below is for parents and carers of disabled children and outlines the eligibility criteria for specialist services.

My child has a disability. What support is available?

We are working with our partners to provide a wide range of services for disabled children and their families, including short breaks and facilitating access to the same services as all children. This has been made possible through the Short Breaks programme.

Information for parents/carers of disabled children is available from Parent Voice, and there are varied opportunities for participation in the design of services via Hampshire Parent/ Carer Network.

What specialist services are available?

Disabled children with complex needs may need specialist services from Children’s Services, including: social work support; overnight short breaks; the family link scheme and support within and outside the home.

A social worker will make an assessment to decide if your child is eligible for specialist services, using the criteria outlined below.

There are many disabled children in Hampshire and we use eligibility criteria as part of the assessment to prioritise and to ensure families most in need receive help.

Do you think your child is eligible for specialist services?

Please read the criteria below. If you feel your child is eligible, the first step is to request an initial assessment of need. This will involve a telephone call and possible visit from Children’s Services. You can do this by telephoning 0300 555 1384 or email

The criteria

We will use this statement and criteria to decide which children are eligible.

In order to achieve outcomes appropriate to their potential and as a result of their disability, the child requires total or substantial support, appropriate to their age, from another person, which is not available within the family network.

Examples below to be read in conjunction with the above statement.

Other factors that will influence assessments

Do you need information, advice or support?

Contact Parent Voice

Children’s Services 0845 603 5620 or email

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