Disabled Childrens - needs assessment

Eligibility for the Disabled Children’s Service will be based on the following criteria, which will be established either at the point of referral or by means of an Initial Assessment.

The criteria’s focus is on the sustainability of the home environment, the vulnerability of the child/ young person and the impact of the care needs on the family as a whole.

In order to access the services of the social work teams, children and young people must meet one of the disability criteria and have either a high or medium level of need.


• Children and young people less than 18 years of age who have a permanent and substantial physical or learning disability.   A substantial disability is one that; The child/young person requires significant support from another person or equipment to carry out basic functions, e.g. personal care, eating, participating in activities, night time care.  As an adult it is expected that they will continue to need support from equipment or another person to carry out basic functions.

• Children and young people less than 18 years of age who have a chronic illness.
A chronic illness is "... a disease or disorder that continues over an extended period of time and causes continuous or episodic periods of incapacity.”

• Children and young people less than 18 years of age who have a terminal or life threatening illness. 

Level of Need

Level of Need


  • The child or young person’s health and development are likely to be significantly impaired without the provision of services.
  • Immediate danger and vulnerability of the child or young person.
  • Risk situation where the child is likely to suffer significant harm.
  • The child has complex needs which require 24hr supervision and a high level of support or the use of equipment.
  • Clear evidence of the imminent risk of family breakdown.


  • There is more than one disabled child in the household that requires substantial care.
  • Parents/carers have ill health or disability that impact on their caring role.
  • Environmental factors which have a significant impact on the child’s health and development.
  • A very young parent needing support.


  • The child/ young person require a basic level of care to participate in a wider range of activities.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is also requried by law to keep a register of disabled children and young people, which is referred to as an index.

Disabled Children's Index

Rhondda Cynon Taf register children and young people, aged 0 - 18, who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf and have any disability, or life altering medical condition.

The information recorded on the register is used to help plan and develop future services; provide children and young people, parents and carers with up to date information about services that we can offer and about other activities available in your area; include you in consultation about services.

You do not need to be in receipt of services to register yourself or child and no assessment is required.  Registration is not compulsory and children cannot be included in the Index without parents written consent.  Your services will not be affected if you decided not to be included in the Index.

For further information please contact the Disabled Children's Team on 01443 425006 or email FIS@rctcbc.gov.uk