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Children with disabilities and complex needs social work team

Who are we?

We are a specialised team within social care who can become involved with families where there is a disabled child with a severe and permanent disability or a child infected or affected by HIV. The Team is made up of Social Workers, Social Worker Assistants, a Communication Specialist, support staff and managers.

What we do

We keep a record of those children who have a severe and permanent disability through a Social Services Register. We provide advice, information and sign posting. We, carry out assessments, plan services and provide social care support. We can work jointly with many of the other professionals in the building in a Team around the child approach.


Parents can refer themselves by telephone or letter. Professionals can also refer in writing by completing the inter agency referral form.


Decide if a case meets the criteria for disability registration if it doesn't advice can be given of other services that might be able to help. Once a Social Worker has been assigned to carry out an assessment it normally takes 35 days to complete. An assessment usually involves seeing the child at home and often in the Education environment. The Social Worker will look at the childs needs the parent's ability to meet their needs and the environmental factors influencing the child's situation.

Safeguarding Children

The team has a legal responsibility to ensure children are kept safe. The team deals with referrals of cases that are already known to us when there are concerns about safeguarding. If you are worried about a child with a disability's safety then please call us to discuss further.  


Sunshine house in the Southwark children and young people's development centre
27 Peckham Road

Tel:  0203 049 8250



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PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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