The Children and Young Adults Disabilities Service (CYADS) is for children and young people from 0 to 25 years, with a moderate, severe or profound disability. The team offers a full assessment service and can provide the services below.
Social work support
Social workers can help you in two main ways. They can support you in the parenting role and help you to access further services offered by Harrow Council. They will also act as an advocate on behalf of your child within the local authority and within other departments and agencies such as Education and Health.
Home care services
Some children and young people will require assistance with personal care. This may include washing, changing etc. If the assessment carried out by the social worker identifies a need for personal care services, they will liaise with their team managers and present their assessment to the CYAD Panel.
You can receive direct payments to buy services from an independent organisation, or employ a carer instead of having services arranged for you. A direct payment can only be made following an assessment of need, unless you qualify for a Core Offer short break. To qualify for a Core Offer short break you must be in receipt of medium to high rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Moving into adulthood (transition)
Transition planning will begin to take place as part of a young person's special educational needs (SEN) annual review in year 9. This is to ensure that young disabled people receive the necessary support to help them plan for their future and to achieve their goals in adult life.
Social Workers and Care Managers conduct carers assessments to work out how best they can provide services to you and the person in your care. This is an opportunity for you to describe your role as a carer and what would make caring easier for you.
Children and young adults disabilities service
To contact the transitions team please email [email protected]Address:
Health & Social Care Centre
275 Alexandra Avenue