Services for children with disabilities

Services for disabled children

Together for Children provides a range of help to disabled children and young people, their families and carers in Sunderland.

The Children with Disabilities Team undertake assessments with the purpose of meeting the needs of children and young people, who have a permanent, severe disability. 

This could include:

  • supporting them to engage in appropriate activities that enable their families to have a break from their caring role
  • providing behavioural support to parents and carers of children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a learning disability
  • providing overnight short breaks
  • personal assistants funded via direct payments, promoting social opportunities and developing independence
  • access to commissioned youth provisions
  • support with transition to adult services
  • ensuring they are safeguarded

The services are intended to support families and use their strengths to enable children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Criteria for access

We are a specialist service targeted at those children and young people who are aged 0-17 years 11 months who have:

  • a severe long-term physical or sensory impairment
  • a severe learning disability
  • a life-limiting or life-threatening medical condition
  • a diagnosis of autism and associated severe learning disability

We cannot offer assessment/services to:

  • children diagnosed with ADHD (unless also diagnosed with one of the above disabilities/conditions)
  • children with mild learning disability/learning difficulties
  • children with educational and behavioural difficulties

Referrals to the Children with Disabilities Team all need to be made via the Integrated Contact and Referral Team at Together for Children on 0191 520 5560.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - our Local Offer

The aim of the Local Offer is to support children and young people (ages 0 to 25) with SEN and disabilities to feel included within their communities and to be independent.  It can help you make choices and decisions that may have a positive impact now and into the future.

Click to see our Local Offer now

Disabled Children Register

If you're a parent of a child with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) you can also sign up for our Disabled Children Register (DCR). For joining the register you will receive a Max Card that will entitle you and your family discount entry to attractions and days out across the North East.   

You'll also be kept up-to-date with developments in our services for disabled children and young people.

Find out more about the Disabled Children Register

School transport

For students travelling to school or college see the further information on our Education Transport page or call us on 0191 561 2284.