The Disabled Children’s Family Support Team is based at the Lough Road Centre. The team is part of the Disabled Children's Service (DCFST).
All the children accessing this service will have a child in need support plan in place following an assessment of their needs by a social worker. Once a child’s plan is agreed, if there are no safeguarding concerns and no ongoing role for a social worker, cases transfer to the DCFST.
Their main role is to review your child’s Child in Need Support Plan on an annual basis and to act as a point of contact for non-urgent issues. This is to ensure the package of support continues to meet the needs of you and your child, and focus resources on the best ways to achieve positive outcomes. Wherever possible these reviews will be part of your child’s annual education, health and care plan review.
The DCFST will also offer more intensive support to a small number of families requiring a lead professional, this role is however limited; in most cases DCFST will only be able to provide advice and signposting to other services.
In addition DCFST continues to run a small direct support service at Lough Road Centre for children with very complex needs; access to this service is via a social work assessment (and is not part of the short breaks core offer).