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Getting help for children with disabilities

Blackpool Council provides support and activities for children with disabilities and their families.

The children with a disability team (CWDT) is a specialist team who work with families who have a child/young person  with  a moderate to severe learning disability and/or physical disabilities, or sensory impairment. 


The team offers a wide range of services which aim to provide comprehensive information and advice, to support the development of disabled children, and to assist children and their families to lead lives which are as fulfilling as possible 

Before the team can work with a child, that child must have an assessment of their needs. 

Criteria (this is currently being reviewed)

Blackpool Council has an obligation to assess the needs of children and young people with disabilities and then to offer support and services, including, where appropriate, direct payments and short break care, to meet the needs identified of the child or young person and their carers.

Currently children’s services are reviewing the way they assess and allocate direct payments and direct provision in Blackpool. The focus of this review is to ensure the process is transparent and equitable across Blackpool.

Whilst the review is in progress any requests for support will be considered on an individual basis as appropriate. 


Children with disability team

PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA
Telephone 01253 478149