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.
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 (CAMHS)
Welcome to CAMHS
Your Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is provided by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
CAMHS help children and young people (up to age 18) in the local area who may be having problems with their emotional health and well-being.
Your CAMHS teams are made up of several different professions and the staff are highly trained in a range of different assessment techniques and evidence based therapies; they also offer consultation and guidance to other people who may work with your child, including education staff, school nurses, early help workers etc. in order for them to be able to support your child more effectively. Together with other agencies we offer services and support tailored to the needs of your child, young person and family.
If you are worried about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of your child, you may want to talk to your child’s teacher or school mental health champion, school nurse, GP, or their social worker (if they have one); you can also contact the CAMHS team directly through the Early Help Hub (01302 734110). If it is thought that your child might need some extra help from CAMHS they will arrange for this directly on behalf of your family.
For more information about the CAMHS service please follow this link:
- Children and Young People's Mental Health Service
- Doncaster Mind - independent local charity, providing high quality mental health services
- 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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Last updated - 07/09/2018
Children's Long Term Conditions and Specialist Nursing Services
The Long Term Conditions Team provide specialist nursing support for children and young people (0-19) and families in the home, school and other community settings. The team, include specialist nurses who support with the management of Diabetes, Epilepsy, TB, and continence problems. There is also a children’s special school nursing service who support and advice schools on how to best meet the health needs of their pupils and input in to EHC Plans and children’s community nursing services who provide a wide range of care from dressing a wound to advanced clinical practice and parental training. Referrals are taken from a variety of sources, including self-referral in some instances, and they have close working relationships with local hospitals, GP’s and schools.
For more information on how we can support you please follow this link:
Last updated - 10/09/2018
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.
Doncaster 0-5 Health Visiting Service
All Doncaster families with a child under five years have access to a Health Visiting Team consisting of Health Visitors, Nursery Nurses, Health Promotion Practitioners and infant feeding specialists. We provide expert health assessments, advice, support and interventions for babies, children and families. Health visiting staff have extensive knowledge about child development and child health, parenting strategies and maternal mood and we work in partnership with your local Family Hub to offer early support, focused around your families specific needs.
Amongst other things the Health Visiting Team provide:
- Antenatal visits
- Birth visits
- 6 to 8 week contact
- Developmental checks
- Healthy Child Programme
- Breast feeding support
Midwives refer to the Health Visiting Service during pregnancy and you can also refer yourself to the service if your child is under 5 years of age.
Our aim is to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of children under five and their families, by encouraging and supporting parents and carers to develop life-long skills which enable them to make informed choices that affect their family’s future health and wellbeing.
For more information about the Health Visiting Service please follow this link:
Last updated - 11/09/18
Doncaster 5-19 School Nursing Service
The School Nursing Service work with schools, other education providers and partners within the local community, to protect, support and promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people of school age, and those who care for them. The type of support our school nursing teams offer includes:
- Providing you with health advice and support.
- Encouraging and enabling you to adopt a healthy lifestyle to protect you against disease.
- Assessing the mental health needs of children and young people and providing advice and referring to specialist services as required.
- Promoting your confidence, self-esteem and mental health well-being.
- Providing information on a range of health related issues such as diet and healthy eating, bullying, stopping smoking, sexual health and contraception, special needs and emotional or behavioural problems.
- Providing support for young carers.
- Working with families and schools to deliver the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).
- Safeguarding children.
- Assessing your individual needs, offering health advice and making referrals to other services if necessary.
- Training and support to school staff so that they can help children and young people who may need medication during the school day such as Asthma inhalers and Epipens.
- Planning, developing and delivering public health programmes relevant to the needs of children and families within Doncaster.
For further information on the Doncaster 5-19 School Nursing Service please follow this link:
For further information on School aged vaccination please follow this link:
Last updated - 17/09/18
Health Apps for your Mobile phone
Find out what Health Apps are available for you in Doncaster.
Last updated - 10/05/2017
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
Last updated - 16/05/2018
Project 3 Young People's Health and Wellbeing Service
Project 3 work with young people aged 18 years and under who need advice, information, help, support, and intervention around:
- Sexual Health and Contraception
- Drugs, Alcohol and Legal Highs
- Stop smoking
- Hidden Harm support
- Education, Early Intervention and Prevention
For further information on how we can support you please follow this link:
Last updated - 11/09/18
Looked after Children's Health Team
The Looked after Children’s Health Team are responsible for developing and leading on health improvement and reducing health inequalities for Looked after Children and Care Leavers. The team coordinate the health pathway for Looked after Children placed both in an out of authority to ensure that statutory health assessments are completed within timescales, and identified health needs are actioned and tracked to improve the health and wellbeing of Looked after Children.
For more information on how we can support you and our contact details please follow this link:
Last updated - 17/09/18
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.
For more information please click on the link.
Last updated - 10/05/2017
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
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
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
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
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
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 - email@example.com
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.
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
- Download (183KB)
- Services available for looked after children or children placed for adoption
- Download (315KB - PDF)
- Community Paediatric Leaflet
- Download (695KB - PDF)
- Request for a GDA - November 2017
- Download (42KB - DOCX)