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The Child Health and Disability Team (CHAD) are a specialist team of Social Workers and Family Support Practitioners whose core purpose is to provide a service to children with disabilities (from 0 to 18 years) and their families.
A child or young person is disabled if &lsquothey have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities' (the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995) and are lifelong life limiting.
The Child Health and Disabilities Team (CHAD) offers specialist support to children when there is a combination of factors related to a disability or health condition, the family's ability to cope and the resources available to the family. Our priority aim is to ensure the child develops to their full potential and is free from harm, neglect and abuse.
Most of the children we work with have multiple disabilities and health conditions that result in them having exceptional care needs.
The team can help in a range of ways depending upon the individual family circumstances identified in the assessment. These may include:-
How do families access our service? Families can request an assessment of their situation via the Children's First Response Hub. Following assessment, if a case does not meet criteria for the team, advice will be provided to access appropriate/recommended services, such as:
The Child Health and Disabilities Team are a specialist team whose core purpose is to provide a service to children with disabilities and their families.