Disabled Children's Services
Local authorities have a responsibility to help families with disabled children. Many children have additional needs and disabilities, and some are more severely affected than others. Some disabled children and their parents will need practical support at home. The way local authorities work is changing.
As a parent you have the right to ask for your child's needs to be assessed by the social services department (in Scotland this is known as the social work department, and in Northern Ireland it is the health and social services trust). You also have the right to ask for an assessment for yourself. An assessment could lead to you being provided with services for your disabled child or services to help you as a carer.
Further information about the services available can be found on the Contact a Family website - http://www.cafamily.org.uk - search for 'Disabled children's services'.