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Joint service for disabled children

The Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC) is an important partnership which works with the Our Voice parent forum and other voluntary organisations to support and promote opportunities for disabled children and their families. It includes Enfield community services, the early intervention support service and Cheviots children’s disability service.

Cheviots has social workers and centre workers who play a part in assessing children and providing support and services to families. We ensure that families with disabled children under 17 have the support they need to live ordinary family lives by:

  • listening to disabled children, acting on their views, and providing them with choices
  • ensuring disabled children and their families are supported to take part in and enjoy local community life, using local childcare, leisure and recreational facilities
  • making sure parents and carers are supported to become equal partners in making decisions about service developments and priorities
  • providing access to services, short breaks and family activities during the school holidays

 View our latest Ofsted inspection and Care Quality Commission inspection below.

  • Early support (PDF) work with families of children with severe disabilities and complex health needs. We assist with coordinating services and multi-agency support, improving information and access for families. For more information, contact the team on 020 8351 1318.
  • The pre-school support service (PDF) are qualified teachers and specialist early years practitioners, who have an extensive background in supporting the learning of young children with SEND.

Enfield health includes carers, nursery nurses, physiotherapists and paediatric occupational therapists. As well as assessing children, we provide services and support to non-medical staff so they are trained to meet the requirements of children with complex medical needs.

Children and young people are eligible for specialist social work assessments, social work support, family support and short break services from the specialist children's disability team, the Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC), if they are aged between 0 - 17 years inclusive, live in Enfield and have:

  • a severe physical, learning, mental impairment or severe sensory impairment, such as a severe visual or hearing impairment, which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities
  • autism and associated severe learning disabilities
  • challenging behaviour as a result of their severe learning disability
  • complex needs, including life-limiting or a life-threatening conditions

Eligibility criteria for services are based on the need for intervention from the JSDC. We aim to be fair, clear and impartial, so that we can promote the health, safety and wellbeing of disabled children and young people. This ensures they can fully participate in family and community life, enjoying themselves with friends and making decisions about their lives. By providing the right levels of support and the right times, we can help prevent family crisis.

When assessing the support you need, we will discuss:

  • the severity of your child’s disability, and how it impacts their life and your family life 
  • if you have more than one disabled child
  • the number of other children or caring responsibilities you may have 
  • if you or a partner have a disability 
  • if you have limited support within your social and family network 
  • if a child is ‘cared for’ by us or adopted
  • if there are concerns about a child or young person’s safety

The JSDC doesn't provide social work support, family support and short break services to children and young people who have:

  • high functioning autism
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs including ADHD
  • specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia
  • speech and language delays or specific language disorders

Services which may be available to support children, young people and their families with the needs outlined above, can be found on the Local Offer. If children or young people with these needs meet the threshold for social care assessment and intervention, this will be the responsibility of the generic children’s social care service.

Support services offer information, training and workshop advice, guidance and signposting. We may allocate a professional or key worker to help co-ordinate the support your family needs. Support services also provide help for siblings, access to short breaks, and help to transition from children's to adult's services.

Support services ensure you know about local services and facilities, have the right equipment and adaptations in your home, and help or signpost you to support in applying for benefits or disabled parking badges.

Makaton is a communication system that uses speech, signs and symbols. The Joint Service for Disabled Children has regular Makaton taster sessions, which usually run for approximately two hours. These sessions provide an introduction to Makaton, and allow you to learn 30 signs and symbols. This will give you a start to communicating with your child. 

For more information, or to find out when the next course is being run, email the team.

Many young people suffer from sleep problems for a variety of reasons, such as worries and anxiety, bad sleep cycles and poor sleep habits or patterns.

Cheviots run a half hour, one-to-one session, to manage beliefs and thoughts about sleep. The aim is to help parents and carers improve their child’s sleeping patterns and the anxiety that can surround sleeping difficulties.

Parent and carers will learn about the causes of sleep problems and strategies they can implement. The session will concentrate on introducing new behaviours to stop difficulties getting off to sleep and waking in the middle of the night, as well as strategies and follow-up correspondence from the lead trainers.  

The workshops offer parents and carers a chance to learn about:

  • what sleep is
  • different ways a sleep problem can be made worse
  • methods to improve sleep and feel more rested
  • improving children’s sleep routines, to develop a healthier and more natural sleep pattern

It is also a great opportunity to speak to professionals and other families going through the same situation.

To find out when the next workshop is being held, email the team

Safety in the home is important for all parents and carers. This is particularly a concern with children who have challenging behaviours due to their disabilities.

Helpful information and advice:

Calming activities for a sensory diet (PDF)

Home safety advice and support services(PDF)

Commercially available equipment and minor adaptations (PDF)

Occupational therapy assessment for complex needs (PDF)