Support from the Children's Disability Team
Children’s Disability Team (CDT)
North Tyneside Children’s Disability team is a specialist statutory social work team who provide emotional and practical social care support to children aged 0-17 years. We provide support to meet the needs of children who have a substantial, permanent and/or severe disability which impacts on their daily lives.
How to access support from the Children’s Disability Team
The Front Door Service provides access to all services for children and families in North Tyneside. All initial enquires, referrals and request for a Child in Need assessment contacting the Front Door Service, Tel 0345 2000 109
Support offered includes:
- Support to access community based leisure activities
- To provide parents and carers with a break in their caring role
- Integrated working with Health (CCG) and Education (SEND) to promote the wellbeing of the child / young person
- Working with children and families where behaviour presents as a severe challenge due to their disability
- Support with adaptations via Paediatric Occupational Therapy team
- Statutory social work in relation to Child Protection, Looked after Children and Children in Need
- Assist children and young people during transitions including the transfer to adult services
- Support into the home including domiciliary care
- Short breaks during the day or night including after school clubs, specialist holiday activity provision
Support from the Community Learning Disabilities Team
The Community Learning Disabilities Team provides an assessment service for people with a learning disability. The team can offer:
- Assessment and care co-ordination
- Independent supported living
- Support for parents and families
- Care management
- Mental health assessment
- Forensic services
- Support for adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs.
Contact the Front Door Tel 0345 200 109
If you are already receiving support from the team and want to get in touch:
The Oxford Centre
West Farm Avenue
Telephone: (0191) 643 7885 (social work) | (0191) 643 2487 (health)
Transition Enablement Team
The Transition Enablement Team (TET) is an integral part of North Tyneside Council’s Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT adults) and Children’s Disability Team (CDT), and all of these fall under the umbrella of the Whole Life Disability Service which is currently in development.
The Transition Enablement workers have been transferred from the adult Community Enablement Team into the CDT and received relevant training and preparation in relation to working with children, young people and families.
When a child/young person reaches the age of 14 and is open to the Children’s Disability Team, the allocated Social Worker will introduce a Transition Enablement worker.
The role of the worker, if required by the family, will be to support as smooth a Transition as possible, becoming the contact point for any query relating to Transition processes and to Preparation for Adulthood, including independent supported living, employment/volunteering and developing friendships.
As well as guidance and advice, the Transition Enablement worker can provide practical support such as independent travel training, they will also provide an information pack for families regarding available resources and contacts, this includes an adult’s Wellbeing Assessment, which is the tool used to assess Social Care needs for someone 18 years old and over.
The Transition Enablement workers can be contacted via CDT admin, 0191 6434151.
Friends, Relationships and Community - Having a wide circle of friends, positive relationships and making a contribution to their local community, are all recognised as being beneficial in promoting a feeling of general wellbeing in people.
A Transition Enablement worker can provide support for anyone who is open to the Children’s Disability Team (CDT), to widen their circle of friends. They can provide support to reconnect with friends who have become distant, or to develop new relationships. The worker will complete a checklist of the interests someone has, and use this to find opportunities to meet likeminded people. They can then provide short term support to enable someone, where possible, to travel independently to, and become confident in a new social setting, with the aim of building relationships and developing natural support.
The Transition Enablement Team hold a comprehensive register of regular activities and one off events which take place in North Tyneside and the surrounding areas.
If a young person wishes to have a stronger presence in their local community, the Transition Enablement worker can provide support to enable people to improve this aspect of their lives, with the aim of, not only having a presence in their community, but of making a positive contribution. This is often by sourcing, arranging and establishing volunteering opportunities and again they can provide travel training and short term support whilst natural, supportive relationships are being developed.
Anyone who is interested can enquire via their allocated Social Worker or by contacting CDT admin 0191 6434151.
Independent Supported Living - The Transition Enablement Team (TET) is an integral part of North Tyneside Council’s Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) and Children’s Disability Team (CDT), and all of these teams fall under the umbrella of the Whole Life Disability Service which is currently in development.
TET can provide practical support and advice regarding the options for, and availability of, Independent Supported Living opportunities for young people who are open to the CDT.
The CDT Social Worker will introduce a worker from TET to the interested family, this worker will ensure that young people and their family are well informed and have choice and control over where they live, who, if anyone, they live with and how they are supported, even if they may not be able to make those choices themselves. TET will then remain in place at all stages, from the point of an initial discussion, enabling informed decision making, through to ensuring a successful move into a chosen property.
Matching people who have similar personalities and interests and who are seeking to share a tenancy and support, is an important part of the process. The TET worker will identify any potential sharing opportunities and then provide practical support for people to meet over a period of time to find out if they get along well enough to consider living together.
Part of the TET role will be the completion of a baseline assessment of the young person, in regard to the skills required for Independent Supported Living. This assessment will then inform the adult Wellbeing Assessment, which will be completed between the ages of 17 - 18, and will formally identify the needs and support requirements of the young person.
For further information please contact CDT admin, 0191 6434151.
Short breaks (Respite)
Short breaks benefit children and young people with SEND and their families. Children and young people are offered enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers to enhance their personal and social development, while parents, carers and families are provided either with a valuable break from their caring responsibilities, or help accessing activities and events with the young person.
Short breaks can occur at different times – during the day or evening, overnight or at weekends. They can span a few hours or last a number of days. Short break support can be offered in various locations e.g. the family home, in community facilities or in a residential setting. The amount of time and services available depend on the needs of each child or young person. Short breaks have the benefit of:
- Promoting the well-being of children, young people and their families
- Helping young people and their families to prepare for adulthood.
- Tackling social isolation
- Developing friendship networks and community participation
- Promoting personal development
- Providing access to leisure facilities
In North Tyneside Addison Street offers short breaks for up to 5 children and young people aged 8-17 years with disabilities. The service is based in a specially adapted property.
Heatherfield Mews Residential and Short Break Unit provides a home to 4 young people as well as providing overnight short breaks to 2 young people aged between 7 – 17 years who have a learning disability with additional complex needs.
The following organisations can also help families and carers to have a short break:
- Alan Shearer Centre
- Coquet Trust
- Flexible Support Options Ltd
- Interactive Development Support Ltd
- New Beginnings (North East) Ltd
- CASA (Newcastle Homecare Associates) Ltd
- New Prospects Association Ltd
- St Oswald's Hospice
- Pulse Community Healthcare
- The Percy Hedley Foundation
- United Response
My Care North Tyneside is an information and advice website about care and support options for residents in North Tyneside. My Care offers information and advice on a range of care and support options for your child and for you as a carer. It will ensure you are informed and can make your own choices about the care and support provided to your child. It will also help you to identify your own support needs as a carer. You can browse the SIGN North Tyneside directory for services, groups and activities that may help your child and yourself, as their carer.
Should you need any help navigating the website, or need any further care with help and support, please feel free to contact us:
Telephone: (0191) 643 2777
Support for carers
North Tyneside Carers’ Centre is a local independent charity offering support to young and adult carers. They provide:
- Information, advice and guidance
- One-to-one support
- Peer support groups
- Support for carers in employment
- Advocacy support
- Mental health
- Counselling services
- Training sessions for carers
Telephone: (0191) 643 2298