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Children's Disability Service (Social Care)


The Children Act 1989, Section 17 places a duty on local authorities to undertake an assessment of need for children identified to be a ‘Child in Need.’ The Act identifies a child with a disability to be a Child in Need.

The referral process is via the CADS Team and a Child and Family Assessment and Carers Assessment is carried out jointly by a Social Worker in the Children's Disability Service and a Child Support Officer from the Children's Disability Service. 

If there are no presenting safeguarding concerns, and the main areas of need from assessment are around disability issues, the need for appropriate support and services, then the case is allocated to a Child Support Officer within the Children’s Disability Service. Examples of need may include short breaks, domiciliary support, outreach and independence for the young person or supported via the teams Duty Service where you will continue to access the package of support agreed and have open access to the teams duty number and email with annual Carers Assessments offered and 6 monthly telephone contact offered to ensure the package remains right for your family.

On completion of the Assessment, the Child Support Officer will discuss which services would best meet your child’s needs and you are offered discussion around choices and services that best suit your family.

The Team work closely with the Adult Learning Disability Service to plan the transition from Children’s to Adult Services from 17 years onwards.

As long as your child is continuing to need and receive a service from the Local Authority Children’s Services, they will remain an open case.   

If the Child and Family Assessment and Carers Assessment identifies that your child does not have a need for a specialist service from the Local Authority, you will be supported to access other universal or targeted services in your local community.

Please scroll down for links to the specific provision offered by Blackburn with Darwen's Children's Disability Service.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Duty Worker from 2pm weekdays
Contact Position
Children's Disability Service, Social Care
01254 503773

Where to go

Children's Disability Service
2nd Floor
Duke Street

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Families can self-refer by contacting the CADS Team on 01254 585585. Any referrals by a professional involved with the family must be via a CAF and sent to CADS, Duke St, Blackburn BB2 1HD with consent from parents.


Other notes

If your child has a disability they are entitled to a Single Assessment provided by Children's Social Care. The provision of a service or support is dependent upon the outcome of the assessment.

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type