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.

A - Z Conditions

If you would like some information on a specific condition, please use visit the Contact website. 

Assessment - General Developmental Assessment

The community paediatrics pathway is the route for Doncaster’s children and young people to get assessed for autism, ADHD and non-global developmental delay via a General Developmental Assessment (GDA).

More information can be found on the GDA Pathways webpage.


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

You can contact the Autism Team on 01302 796888.
Starting Off

Summer term 2018 saw the launch of a new parenting workshop called ‘Starting Off’, designed and delivered in partnership between our own ASCETS team and the Autism Spectrum Assessment team at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. 

Starting Off is a free 2 day course designed for parents of children recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The course is available on a monthly basis during term-time. Early evaluations of the workshops have been highly positive, with parents feeling much more confident in their understanding of the implications of an autism diagnosis. The workshops are designed to complement the range of other on-going parent support which ASCETS provide for parents of children with Autism and associated Social Communication Difficulties.

For more information about Autism Parenting support and to book on to a course, please contact call 01302 734838. Alternatively you can speak to the SENCo at your child's school who can make a referral on your behalf. 

Starting Off Workshop - Oct 21
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Continence Service

If your child experiences bladder and/or bowel problems there are a range of different services that are available for you to access. In Doncaster there is a Continence Service who you can contact to apply for a referral into the service. Once you have applied you will be sent some documents to complete, when the documents are completed and sent back to the team your referral will then be processed. The eligibility to access the service is children between the ages 4-19 and who are registered with a GP in Doncaster.

There is a range of different guides to bladder and bowel problems available on the ERIC website.

If your child attends a Special School the first point of contact should be the School's School Nurse and the nurse can then refer into the continence service if they are unable to support. 

Child Development Centre

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.


  • Child Development Centre, Doncaster Royal Infirmary: Tel 01302 642633/4
  • Child Development Centre, Bassetlaw District General: Tel 01909 500990 ext 2313

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

The Children and Young People's 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.

More helpful information can be found on the Doncaster Mind website. Doncaster Mind are an independent local charity providing high quality mental health services. 

Doncaster CAMHS also responds to emergency and urgent referrals by way of immediate assessment due to the severity of presentation associated with a young person being at risk to themselves or others. This includes e.g.

  • young people who are actively suicidal
  • presentation of an eating disorder
  • those severely depressed and/or in need of crisis assessment and/or intensive treatment or in-patient admission
  • Deliberate self-harm and presentations are seen at accident and emergency
  • Symptoms of psychosis causing distress and requiring urgent intervention
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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Children's Long Term Conditions and Specialist Nursing Services

The Children's 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 Specialist 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.

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 - CAMHS Leaflet
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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.

Doncaster Zone 5-19 (Prev. School Nursing Service)

Zone 5-19, previously known as 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.

Please visit the RDAaSH website for further information on school age vaccinations.

Health Apps for your Mobile phone

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

Mental Health Information and Support Services

If you're a parent of a younger child, aged 3-11 years, you can find lots of information and advice on how to support your child's mental health on the following webpage: Supporting your child's mental health.

If you are a young person who is looking for support for around mental health, or you are looking for information on how to support a young person with their mental health, you can find lots of helpful information on the following page: Young people's mental health - 'Don't put a filter on it'.

You can also find details of local services which support children's and young people's mental health on this page, including:

  • School Nursing Service
  • The Taking Shop

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) can help babies, infants, children and young people grow, learn, have fun, socialise and play so they can develop, thrive and reach their full potential. OT’s work with children aged 0-16 years who are born with or have experienced either a physical illness, mental illness or injury as inpatients, outpatients and in the community. 

Occupational therapists concentrate on enabling children and young people to manage and maintain as much independence as possible within their daily living activities (occupations/function) including self-care, play, leisure and school based skills.


Physiotherapists assess and treat children and young people with a wide variety of conditions. These range from neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, to respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, and input following surgery, fractures and soft tissue injuries. Physiotherapy helps with difficulties that affect physical development, walking, movement, balance, coordination and posture; and supports and promotes independence and active lifestyles to improve quality of life.

Input varies from just one appointment to some children being seen for episodes of care throughout their childhood. Children are seen within the hospital setting or within their homes, schools and nurseries. 

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
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Hidden Harm
  • Education, Early Intervention and Prevention

Visit the Project 3 website for more information, including how to access the service.

Speech and Language Therapy

The Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children and young people in Doncaster and Bassetlaw 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 and Bassetlaw.

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

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

Referral and consent forms can be found on the Graduated Approach toolkit. 

Stroke Association Childhood Stroke Support Service

The Stroke Association offers a Childhood Stroke Support Service – providing information, advice, support and networking events to families affected by stroke in childhood. The service is UK wide and freely accessible.

The service offers a range of freely downloadable resources, including a childhood stroke guide, handbook, and toolkit for teachers

We have a range of awareness raising posters, including how to spot the signs of stroke in a child – relevant to all professionals working with children and young people.

To contact the service please email: childhood@stroke.org.uk or telephone: 07715 065925

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.


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.

 Social Care 

Adult Social Care

Once a young person reaches age 18, their social care services will move from children's social care to adult social care. The young person will enter a transition period from age 16 this is to ensure that as a young person approaches their 18th birthday there are no gaps in service and their needs continue to be met You can find out more about adult social care services here: Adult Social Care

Children With Disabilities Team

What is your service?

The Children with Disabilities Team is a children’s social care team that provides a service to severely disabled children (learning and physical disabilities) and children substantially or permanently affected by illness, injury or congenital condition. 

What does it include?

The work undertaken by the CWD Team includes:

  • Statutory assessment of need under S17 Children Act 1989
  • Implementation, coordination and provision of Social Work support under the terms of a Child in Need Plan
  • Provision of short break packages for children with disabilities including children who become looked after by virtue of short break provision (NB not all children who receive short breaks in Doncaster will have an allocated worker in the Children with Disabilities Team).
  • Strategy Discussions and S47 Enquiries
  • Social Work support as keyworker to disabled children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan
  • Provision of S20 Accommodation in cases where children are unable to remain with their birth families
  • Issuing and management of applications to the court under the Public Law Outline
  • Contribution to the social care element of Education, Health and Care Plans for disabled children
  • Supporting the transition from children’s to adult services

How do I access the service?

To make a referral contact the Referral and Response Team on 01302 734100.

Is there an eligibility criteria?

The Children with Disabilities Team provides a full, statutory social work service to children with disabilities whose need or risk arises primarily from their disability and who  fall into one or more of the categories listed below:

Severe Disability

  • Severe Learning Disability is where a child is diagnosed as having a permanent and substantial impairment of their learning ability. When a child is of school age this will be defined within an Education, Health and Care plan.
  • Physical Disability where a child has a long term (over 12 months) physical disability, which significantly limits activities of daily life.
  • Sensory Impairment where a child is deaf or hard of hearing with marked communication difficulties due to complete or almost complete loss of hearing. A child who has limited vision, a virtual inability to use any residual sight.

Illness or congenital condition,

  • Where a child is substantially and permanently affected by illness or congenital condition. A child who has a chronic health problem which limits physical, social and emotional activities, for example; children who are terminally ill, have threatening life conditions or degenerative disorders.
  • However this would not include conditions where appropriate treatment and management would alleviate the symptoms to allow the child to carry out the functions of daily life.

Severe global development delay

A term applied usually to young children and is diagnosed severe delay in all areas of development.

Combination of disabilities

  • This is where a child may have a combination of disabilities which on their own may or may not be considered severe but together would be regarded as severe.
  • For example; a child with Autism who has an associated learning disability or where other less severe disabilities are combined with ADHD or social, emotional and behaviour disorders, which combined may be considered as severe.

What happens next?

The Children with Disabilities Team support and work with children and young people up to 18 years of age. Many of the children open to the team will transition to adult social care due to their complex needs. The Children with Disabilities Team work with children and young people as child/ren in need, child protection and looked after children.

When the child turns 16 years of age and they are identified as needing ongoing social care support into adulthood a referral is made to the Adult Contact Team who pass this on to the Transitions Team within Adult Services. The Transitions Team offer advice and support where required and will allocated a social worker to asses and plan for adulthood alongside the Children with Disabilities Team social worker. At 18 years old the young person will be closed to the Children with Disabilities Team and be fully transferred to the Transitions Team.

If a young person is a looked after child they will always be referred through to adult social care for future planning beyond 18 years old. Additionally they will also be referred through to the Inspiring Futures Team (Leaving Care Services) at 17.5 years old and they are allocated a Personal Advisor prior to their 18th birthday. The Personal Advisor will support the young person alongside their allocated social worker in Adult Social Care.

Early Help

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.

DCST Early Help Guide for Families A4 Booklet
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Tel: 01302 734110
Email: earlyhelphub@doncaster.gov.uk 

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 Monday-Friday, from 5pm in the evening until 8:30am the following morning and has 24 hour cover on weekends and Bank Holidays (including Christmas Day).

Tel: 01302 796000

Inspiring Futures Team for Care Leavers

The Inspiring Futures Team is a dedicated service for young people aged 16-25 who are either in care or have been in care.

To qualify for an Inspiring Futures Team service, a young person must have spent at least 13 weeks in care after their 14th birthday. This could be in a single period or several different periods. They must have also been in care on or after their 16th birthday. If eligible, a young person can be referred as early as 15yrs and 6 months to help transition to adulthood.

You can find out more about the services the Inspiring Futures Team offers on their webpage. You can also contact he team using the contact number below:

Tel: 01302 736551

Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding is a priority in all schools and academies across Doncaster All schools/academies will have a published safeguarding policy available on line, this is reviewed annually. This provides parents/carers, children and young people with key names and contacts and outlines the responsibilities to safeguard all children and young people in education.

All staff supporting children, young people and families must understand how to safeguard children and report any concerns.

Staff recognising any forms of abuse need to ensure local safeguarding (child protection) procedures are followed to protect and safeguard vulnerable children and young people. All staff have mandatory reporting duties covering PREVENT (see DSCP online procedures and Doncaster Channel Panel) and Female Genital Mutilation, in particular country of origin/prevalence (see the online procedures mentioned previously).

The DSCP online procedures cover a wide range of safeguarding requirements, recognising:

  • Child Exploitation  - Criminal exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Sudden/Unexplained Child Death Protocols
  • Peer on Peer Abuse
  • Neglect Domestic Abuse
  • Hidden Harm
  • Private Fostering
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Trafficking
  • Forced Marriage
  • Early Help
  • Fabricated Induced Illness
  • Sexual, Physical, Emotional and all other forms of abuse

Staff must not keep hold of any information until for example a service team/staff meeting, all safeguarding concerns must be responded to immediately.

Staff training

A range of safeguarding training is available for staff. Online training is recommended for all new staff and access to the previously known level 3 (Effective Partnership Working) now called Introduction to Early Help (with additional modules) is available from the DSCP training page or engage Doncaster.

The signs of safety roadshow and outcome star training is essential for all staff working directly with children and young people (see Buy Doncaster for roadshow/course information)

Induction must include safeguarding procedures and Managers include safeguarding within 1:1’s and PDRs

The Children and Young Peoples Service -  Safeguarding Service offers a range of training this can be accessed at Buy Doncaster

The Buy Doncaster Training Page includes a range of training options to meet your service and staff learning/training safeguarding requirements. For example safer recruitment, data protection, security of information, information sharing etc

Where significant and immediate concerns are raised (threat posed to self or others or immediate protection is required) please follow the DSCP report a concern procedure.

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Jim Foy manages allegations against any member of staff in a paid or voluntary  public capacity or carers. Therefore if the allegation is against a member of the workforce HR and LADO procedures must be followed.

Jim Foy
Doncaster Children’s Services Trust
Mary Woollett Centre
Danum Road

If safeguarding concerns are raised whilst working in a school/academy, the designated safeguarding lead in the school must be informed without delay.

As a parent/carer you may also find the guidance Working Together 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 useful when considering the statutory duties of schools and academies to safeguarding children and young people.

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 - Offering children and young people with a disability opportunities to enhance their life experiences 
  • Children's Direct Payment Support Service
  • Holiday Activities Timetable
  • TIE - Doncaster's register of children and young people with a disability
  • TIE membership card (cards are issued by Families Information Service, visit our webpage for more information)

Tel: 01302 735434
Email: shortbreaksteam@doncaster.gov.uk

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 which has been written by parents for parents regarding how to plan and prepare for a CETR.

Read more about the Transforming Care Agenda which includes changing to reflect children more explicitly.

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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Doncaster LTP 2019-20 final version
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Doncaster LTP 2019 FINAL
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