Transfer of Cases

The Children and Families Community Services policy is that a case of a child with a disability is transferred to the Children's Disability Team when the disability needs to be the focus of the work.

Children with disabilities who appear to meet the appropriate criteria should be referred directly to the Children's Disability Team with appropriate health and education assessments, if appropriate.

Child protection concerns

Where there are immediate child protection concerns and the child is not an open case to the Children's Disability Team the child should be referred to the Multi-Agency Support Hub (MASH), please refer to Worried about a child? .

When appropriate the Children's Disability Team social worker will offer specific disability advice and support.

Transition to adult's services

Children with Disabilities will be transferred to the Adults with a Disability & Supported Employment Service on their 18th Birthday if they require continuing services.

Children with Disabilities who are "Looked After" will be referred to the Adults with a Disability & Supported Employment Services with support from the Leaving Care Team.

Procedure:

Transfer of cases

TaskResponsible OfficerRecord RequiredTimescale
Unless there are child protection concerns, all children with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria of the Children with Disabilities Team should referred directly to that team.Duty workerFTImmediately
Children's Disability Team to complete assessments and draw up child's plan. Allocated workerCID Start within 7 days
Where there are child protection concerns the First Contact Team should notify the Children with Disabilities Team but Assessment & Intervention Team will hold responsibility for the case.Contact Team Duty workerFTImmediately
Where the child is a child in need but has no significant disability then the case will be transferred to the appropriate child care team.Allocated workerFTYS
Negotiate joint working with the Assessment & Intervention Team if appropriate.Social Worker from bothCIDAs required