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Children with disabilities

It is our aim to support children and young people to live and grow within their own family and community as long as it is safe to do so, and support them to make a valuable contribution to their communities.

We offer social work support and guidance to children and young people who have a learning or physical impairment, and their families.


How we can help

There are services which children, young people and parents can go to directly for help, advice and support. Other services may require an assessment of you and your child’s needs and circumstances.




Please call or visit us at First Point.

Care professionals

If you are a professional wanting to refer a family, you can do this by initially contacting the Children with Disabilities Team on 0114 2735368.

A Common Assessment Form will need to be completed to progress the referral.


Our services

Some families may be experiencing difficulties coping, and receive additional support. We will assess your needs and discuss with you and, with your agreement, with other professionals, to find a suitable service.

Fieldwork Social Work

Specialise in delivering services to children with special needs or disabilities aged 5 to 16 years on a city wide service basis.


‘the child has a major physical impairment and/or moderate to severe learning disability, and there is an ongoing high level of dependency on others for personal care and the meeting of other basic needs’.

School leavers

We provide a planning service for children and young people leaving full-time education.

We and partner agencies support school leavers with social, educational and employment opportunities.

Contact our Transitions Team

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm
  • Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm

Telephone: 0114 2735368


Children under 5

If you have a child under 5 years of age and have been to Ryegate Centre you might come into contact with the multidisciplinary social work team who are based there.

The will be able to offer advice and guidance regarding benefits, early years support and, if required a social work assessment.

Contact our Early Years Social Work Team

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm
  • Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm

Telephone: 0114 2735368


Children's Hospital

Within the hospital we form part of a multi-disciplinary team working with medical and all other health staff.

We work mainly with children with disabilities and chronic illness, and also have a role in ensuring the safety of children with injuries who are admitted to hospital.

Contact us

Opening hours 9am to 5pm

Telephone: 0114 2717310


Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Trust,
Social Work Department,
Western Bank,
S10 2TH


Children with Cancer

Based in the Haematology/Oncology clinic and in the main social work department in the Childrens’ Hospital. We provide practical, emotional and financial support to families where their child/young person (aged 0-24) has been diagnosed with a form of cancer.

We work within the multi-disciplinary team at the Children’s Hospital, on the TCT Unit at Weston Park and the Haematology Ward at the Hallamshire Hospital.

We also have a welfare benefits advisor based in the Children’s Hospital for one day per week funded by the charity.

Contact our Sargent Team

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm

Telephone: 0114 2617406 or 0114 217310

Address: Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust (details as above)


Respite breaks

We give a break to carers, and offer support to children and young people in a residential place. 

We have 2 residential respite homes for children with severe learning difficulties, Mulberry Lodge and Rushey Meadow, and one home, Chancet Wood for children who have a physical disability, or are severely multiply disabled.

Our social workers assess children and families needs and send referrals to a Multi-Agency Panel, who make decisions as to whether an overnight service is appropriate, and which home is the most suitable for each child.

Alternative services will be explored with families if an overnight service is not offered.

Contact our Respite Services

Telephone: 0114 2735368


  • Mulberry Lodge, 2 Malon Way, Handsworth, Sheffield S13 9IW

  • Rushey Meadow, 1 Bannerdale Road, Sheffield S7 2DJ

  • Chancet Wood, Chancet Wood Drive, Sheffield S8 7TR

Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service (SNIPS)

SNIPS provides opportunities for parent/carers of children and young people with special needs and disabilities to take short respite breaks from caring, knowing that their child/children will be in a safe, supportive play environment.


Support for Asian women with children with a disability

Provides support and guidance to Asian women to increase their understanding of disability. It gives space, and a time to meet for mutual support and development.

Telephone our MILAAP Service

Misbah Husain on 07961169318 or 0114 2550595

Kausar Ali on 0114 2736943.


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Getting help from us.



Any complaint about our service for a child and young person or their family will be considered under the complaints and representations procedures established through The Children Act 1989, Representations Procedure (England) Regulations 2006 and our feedback process.

Make a complaint.



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