Local Offer - Health & Social Care

This section provides information about the health and social care professionals and services that support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).


Health services are often involved in the initial identification and diagnosis of children and young people’s special educational needs or disabilities. Health professionals such as your GP, health visitor and paediatrician will help you understand the needs of your child and make sure you get the right health support.

In this Health section you will also find services for autism, learning disabilities, mental health and wellbeing, speech and language therapy, general health and occupational therapy.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

You can contact the Autism Team on 01302 796888.

Child Development Centres

The Child Development Centre at Doncaster Royal Infirmary provides a service where children with developmental problems are assessed by members of the multi disciplinary team. With parental involvement the team formulate an individual programme of care and support to meet the needs of the child.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

Children and Young People's Mental Health Service

A specialist CAMH service provision is part of a wider network of provision to support children and young people who have emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.  This involves assessment and provision of psychological, systemic therapies, Intervention at this level is provided to Children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health and emotional difficulties that are having a significant impact on their daily social and educational functioning. 

Additional Information
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Complaints Procedure
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Step into CAMHS
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CAMHS Tiered Framework
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Referral Guide - for service users and carers
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CAMHS Referral Flowchart
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Doncaster CYPS services self referral letter
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Blank Referral Form
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Children, Young People and Families 0-19 years service

The Children, Young People and Families 0-19 years service deliver the Healthy Child Programme which offers every family a programme of screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews, information and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices – all the services that children and families feel they need to receive to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

Children's Long Term Conditions and Specialist Nursing Services

Provides a range of services in Doncaster for children with long term conditions as well as specialist nurses.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

Community Eating Disorder Service

Our Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS) offers support to children, young people and their families who are experiencing moderate to severe eating disorders. The service provides community treatment in accordance with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for children and young people up to the age of 19 with a clinical diagnosis of an eating disorder.

Eating Disorder - Children and Young People's Mental Health Service Leaflet
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Health Apps for your Mobile phone

Find out what Health Apps are available for you in Doncaster.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists contribute to the care and rehabilitation of both inpatients and outpatients. They work with patients of all ages who are born with, or have experienced either a physical illness, mental illness or injury.

They concentrate on enabling patients to manage and maintain as much independence as possible within their daily living activities.

The service is managed by a Clinical Head who is responsible for ensuring that:

  • each individual patient receives a high standard of service 
  • each occupational therapist has and maintains their specialist skills
  • the occupational therapy departments are safe, well equipped and maintained

Further information:

Last updated - 16/05/2018

Speech and Language Therapy

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children and young people in Doncaster aged 0-16 years who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. We also support young people aged 16 – 19 years old who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who are attending schools in Doncaster. 

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children and young people with speech, language, communication, and feeding and swallowing difficulties. 

The majority of difficulties fall into the following areas:

  • understanding what is said to them
  • expressing themselves
  • talking clearly (saying speech sounds)
  • stammering
  • eating and drinking
  • using your voice 

The service sees children and young people in clinics, hospitals, schools, nurseries and other early years settings, and at home. 

Parents can refer to the service by calling the department directly (01302 644958), health and education professionals can refer into the Speech and Language Therapy by obtaining parental consent and completing a referral form.

DBTH SLT Childrens Feeding Referral Form
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DBTH SLT Childrens Communication Referral Form
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DBTH - Children's Speech and Language Therapy
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Last updated - 21/08/2017 

Sexual Health

Sexual health is an important part of a person’s overall health and wellbeing

Poor sexual health can have a negative impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing; for example, this includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - like chlamydia, which can lead to infertility - HIV and unplanned pregnancy.

In Doncaster, there are a number of initiatives that can help us achieve good sexual health for everybody. For example, working with educational systems to support and enhance relationship and sex education, and training the wider workforce in brief sexual health interventions.

Other initiatives such as the distribution of free condoms through GPs and the provision of local community sexual health clinics ensure residents have access to quality advice and resources in order to maintain good sexual health.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

18+ Service

The 18+ Service is a dedicated service for young people who have left the care of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (or formerly the local authority), and meet the definition of being a ‘care leaver’, as described below.

We want every young person who has been looked after in the care system to be successful and to know that they have someone on their side who can support them up to the age 21. This can extend to the age of 25 if they want to pursue education training or employment.

The service provides each young person with a Personal Advisor to help and support them, and offers a wide range of support and information to help them make positive choices.

We work with each young person to draw up a Pathway Plan which focuses on the following areas: personal support, health, education, training and employment, information and guidance, finance and accommodation.

In order to be eligible for support from this service a young person will have been in care for at least 13 weeks from the age of 14 and beyond the age of 16.

Please visit the Doncaster Children's Services Trust website linked below for further details or contact the team using the contact number below.

T: 01302 737559

W: Information for young people

The Talking Shop

The Talking Shop in Doncaster and Scunthorpe are drop-in advice and psychological therapy shop’s which give people the opportunity to browse information on mental health issues and gain knowledge about the therapies offered by the Trust. Information at the shops include prevention and self-help literature, the very latest computer-based intervention programmes, as well as an opportunity for a short initial consultation with a health professional if necessary.

Reception staff and volunteers help visitors to access information and use the computers. Carers of people with mental health problems are also able to access information and local support.

People who may benefit from a course of treatment with a therapist are advised how they can access this through the available referral pathways. (This would usually include a consultation with their GP).

Once referred to the RDaSH IAPT service, our therapists can provide you with a wide range of talking therapies, which include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling.

Last updated - 10/05/2017


The Wellbeing Team was created on the principal of ensuring that all residents of Doncaster have access to support, guidance and advice about problems and issues they may be experiencing, and to also maximise the individuals independence within the community regardless of any medical condition, physical disability, or mental health difficulty.

Last updated - 10/05/2017

 Social Care 

Doncaster Children's Services Trust

The Doncaster Children's Services Trust is a new and independent organisation set up to deliver social care and support services to children, young people and families in Doncaster.

We have been set up as an innovative way to provide these services following an agreement with national government and the local authority. We are the first of our kind in the country.

We believe that every child and young person in the borough deserves the best start in life and support when they need it to reach their full potential. We will support vulnerable children and young people of all backgrounds, races, disabilities and cultures who need support in the borough at times of need or crisis in their lives.

T: 01302 734100

E: General.Enquiries@dcstrust.co.uk

Last updated - 10/05/2017

Emergency Social Services Team (ESST)

The ESST provides an out of hours emergency social service, in all situations where a crisis has occurred involving:

  • Children and families 
  • Adults with physical disabilities 
  • Adults who have mental health problems 
  • Adults with learning disabilities 
  • Adults who are vulnerable or elderly 

The service is available from 5.00pm in the evening until 8.30am the following morning during the week with 24 hour cover at weekends and Bank Holidays, including Christmas Day.

During normal office hours Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm.

T: 01302 737391

Short Breaks

The Short Breaks for Disabled Children team has a variety of services to help families of children and young people who have a disability in Doncaster.

These services include -

  • Short Breaks (from caring responsibilities)

  • Children's Direct Payment Support Service

  • Holiday Activities Timetable

  • TIE - Doncaster's register of children and young people with a disability

  • TIE membership card

  • eLearning for parents and professionals

T - 01302 862332
E - aiminghighbusinessunit@doncaster.gov.uk
W- http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/aiming-high-for-disabled-children

Early Help Hub

Early Help is a simple concept.  It is all about identifying children and families in Doncaster who might need extra help and supporting them to access this through a trusted professional as early as possible. 
It’s about ensuring that the help families receive is the best it can be and well-co-ordinated across the partners involved.  By doing so, outcomes for children and families improve and costly statutory interventions are avoided.
It’s not always about safeguarding – it’s what’s appropriate.
In Doncaster we use the term Early Help as the umbrella term that describes our continuum of service response from universal and preventative services to those where a team around the child or family is required.

T - 01302 734110
E - earlyhelphub@doncaster.gov.uk 
W - http://www.dscb.co.uk/early-help

Adult Social Care

Your Life, Your Way is a new approach to Adult Social Care, which aims to help people stay independent for longer. The website is has been launched to help provide the necessary resources for Doncaster’s residents to stay independent within their community; focusing on keeping well, safe and connected.

Transforming Care: Care and Treatment Reviews

Transforming care is about making health and care services and outcomes better for people with learning disabilities who have mental health conditions or behaviour which challenges.

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) are designed to help people lead fulfilling and safe lives in their communities whenever possible, with less need for long stays in hospital and similar places. CTR’s are used for Children and adults with learning disabilities. They are a way of checking whether someone needs to go into hospital or whether their care and treatment can be provided in the community.

The easy read Transforming Care document explains the process in more detail and highlights your right to request a CTR. There is also a useful document http://bringingustogether.org.uk/a-family-survival-guide-care-and-treatment-reviews-ctrs/ which has been written by parents for parents regarding how to plan and prepare for a CETR.

You are able to read more about the Transforming Care Agenda which includes changing to reflect children more explicitly using the following link. https://www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/care/ctr/care-education-and-treatment-reviews/

Further information on Care and Treatment Reviews is available on the NHS website.

If you believe your child/children requires a CETR, please contact Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group on 01302 566300.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan

We have recently developed and agreed a new local transformation plan for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This details the current state of play and what we will aim to do over the next five years to improve services.

Doncaster Local Transformation Plan
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Finalised data collection plan
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Last updated: 16 May 2018 10:37:01