Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) Service - Vision and Eligibility Criteria

Please note that from January 2014 the Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) Service has joined with the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team and the Sensory Consortium Service to form the new Children and Young People Disability Service. Creating the new Children and Young People Disability Service will enable us to implement the requirements of the Children and Families Act from September 2014, which aims to improve outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families through a number of wide ranging reforms.

The information below and on subsequent pages relates to the services available from the former LDD Service, which are now under the umbrella of the Children and Young People Disability Service. Please see the links below to access information about the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team and the Sensory Consortium Service.
The Special Educational Needs Team supports children and young people with special educational needs in schools.
The Sensory Consortium Service is a specialist education support service for children and young people with a hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment.
New information on the Children and Young People Disability Service is being developed and will be available shortly.

Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) Service Vision

We believe that children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities should be able to access the right help and support so they have the same opportunities as others to achieve their potential.

In September 2009 we established a single service, the Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) Service, to support children and young people with LDD and their families in the Royal Borough. By bringing together different services for disabled children and working more closely with other professionals, we aim to ensure that families are able to access services easily and are provided with a timely, appropriate and co-ordinated package of support that meets the needs of both the child and family as a whole.

Which services does the LDD Service provide?

A range of different professionals have been brought together into the LDD Service. These include: Social Workers, Early Years Specialist Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Family Keyworkers from a range of professional backgrounds, Access Officers, Short Break Officers and a Reviewing Officer.

The LDD Service provides the following services:

  • Short Break Services (including the Flying High Playscheme and Teen Flying High, 1:1 short breaks, Buddy Group Youth Club, Saturday Club)


Who is eligible to access the LDD service?

The LDD Service works with families who live in RBWM and have a child/young person aged 0-18 who has a physical or sensory impairment or learning difficulty/disability, which has a substantial and long term impact on carrying out day to day activities.

One or more of the following statements must apply:

  • Complex health needs and/or life limiting conditions
  • Complex learning needs under statutory school age
  • Occupational Therapy needs within the home setting.
  • Severe communication difficulties or behavioural difficulties related to the child's disabilities.
  • Complex family circumstances which affect the ability of the child/young person or the parents/carers and siblings to reach their potential.
  • Legal duty to investigate child protection concerns.
Please note that the above eligibility may be reviewed during 2014 as part of the development of the new Children and Young People Disability Service
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Modified: 2014-03-19
Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:45:41
Author: Allison Helyer
Editor: Allison.Helyer
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RDCMS ID: 29229