New services for disabled children announced

Mon, 12/03/2018

New services will boost play opportunities for disabled children in Westminster

Westminster City Council has announced new holiday and weekend support for families of disabled children.

Since autumn 2017 Westminster City Council and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have been working with families who have a disabled child through a consultation called Perfect Pathways, which is designed to make sure services are accessible, flexible and affordable.

Following feedback from parents, Westminster City Council is setting up:

  • A new team of workers (short break practitioners) who will support families following the initial diagnosis and signpost them to specialist disability services. This team will also complete a “light” touch assessment for families to enable them to access a short break, such as a specialist holiday play scheme, for their child. The new team starts work from April onwards.
  • A new bi-borough play scheme providing holiday and weekend support on the border between Kensington and Chelsea at Marlborough School.  Drop-in days for families will be held during Easter Holidays.
  • Sunday drop-in ‘stay and plays’ in the north of the borough at Rainbow centre and in the south at Marlborough.  These will start after Easter.
  • ‘Family fun’ days for families with a disabled child.  The first of these will take place on Friday 13th April from 11-3pm at Chelsea Adventure Playground near Chelsea Barracks.

Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People, Cllr Richard Holloway said:

“We’ll keep listening to families to make sure we deliver the best quality services for all the young people who live in our community.”

Westminster City Council and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have also agreed to appoint a new bi-borough inclusion officer who will help families make better use of mainstream play services helping disabled children enjoy the benefits of integration with other children. 

Find information on services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 – 25 and their families via the Local Offer website for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster City Council.

Last updated: 19 March 2018
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