Social Care

Support from the Children's Disability Team

Children’s Disability Team (CDT)

The Children's Disabilities Team is a small specialist team working in Children’s Social Care at North Tyneside Council.

The team will work with children up to 17 years who have severe and complex disabilities which have a significant impact on day-to-day life.


Support available

The team supports children and young people with disabilities, and their families by:

Assessing needs and finding services and support to meet them
Reviewing and monitoring the support in place
Providing support for children in need, children in our care, those in need of protection, and those subject to public law proceedings

The Team is led by two Team Managers who are qualified social workers. 

The team includes:

Social workers - who carry out assessments, and develop plans to support families with disabled children who have a more complex level of need.
A transition worker who works with young people from the age of 14 in preparation for adulthood


Who can access the service

The team supports children and young people with a broad range of needs, up to the age of 17.

This includes children / young people with:

Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and other physical disabilities that significantly impact on the child's wellbeing.
Learning disabilities
Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which has a significant impact on their communication needs, social and behavioural development.
Multiple or severe disability
Global development delay
Severe sensory impairment
Complex physical disability and health needs

The team will look at the severity of the disability and the level of need.


How to access the service

Telephone Front Door on 0345 2000 109





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Support from the Community Learning Disabilities Team

The Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT) 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 service on 0345 200 109

If you are already receiving support from the team and want to get in touch contact:

Adult Social Care,

Quadrant West

Silverlink North

Cobalt Business Park

North Tyneside

NE27 0BY


(0191) 643 7885  (social work) or  

(0191) 293 3000 (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), all of which fall under the umbrella of the Whole Life Disability Service (WLD).

Transition Enablement workers have been transferred from the adult Community Enablement Team into the CDT with 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.

If required by the family, the role of the worker will be to support transition and making this as smooth as possible, becoming the contact point for any query relating to the transition processes and to Preparation for Adulthood, including independent supported living, employment/volunteering and developing friendships.

As well as providing advice and guidance, 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 wellbeing assessment, which is how we assess Social Care needs for someone aged 18 and over.

The Transition Enablement Workers can be contacted via CDT admin, on 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 positive general wellbeing in people.

A Transition Enablement Worker can provide support for anyone who is supported by 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 achieved 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 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 wellbeing 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/young people aged 6-17 years with disabilities. The service is based in a specially adapted property.

The following organisations can also help families and carers to have a short break:

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My Care

My Care North Tyneside is our social care information and advice website for adults in North Tyneside.

My Care offers information and advice on a range of care and support options for you as a carer.

It will ensure you are informed and can make your own choices and can also help you to identify your own support needs as a carer.


 Living Well North Tyneside can be used to find services, groups and activities that may help your child and you, as their carer.

Should you need any help navigating the website, or need any further  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