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Council Services:

Eligibility Criteria

This criterion identifies those children and young people that should be referred to specialist services and those that should not. The Customer Service Centre team manger screens all referrals to social care and makes the decision as to the most appropriate team to assess the needs of the child/young person as sometimes the needs of the child, young person and parent/carer can be met through other agencies or services offered by Lincolnshire County Council.

When the Children with Disabilities Team receive a referral they decide if it meets the eligibility criteria for accessing services provided by the Children with Disabilities Team and this is done by an assessment of need being completed that considers the information below.

Lincolnshire County Council has decided to employ the Equality Act 2010 definition of a disability.

A Child has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment;
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

These words have the following meanings:

  • substantial (that is, more than minor or trivial); and
  • adverse; and long term (that is, it has lasted or is likely to last for at least a year or for the rest of the life of the person affected).
  • Physical or mental impairment includes sensory impairments. Hidden impairments are also covered (for example, mental illness or mental health problems, learning disabilities and conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy).

Lincolnshire has further defined children with disabilities adding:

  • The child may be vulnerable because they have ongoing health needs arising from the disability, which require nursing care and supervision
  • The child may be vulnerable in ordinary day to day situation/s without the supervision because of his/her disabilities
  • The child may have a level of physical dependency in terms of his/her day to day care needs which substantially impact upon the family or other carers
  • The child may have behavioural or emotional difficulties arising out of his/her disability

Short Breaks Services Statement

Future developments in the Short Break services for children and young people who are disabled and/or sensory impaired and their parent/carers.

Download it here

Short Breaks

Information for families of children with a disability and/or sensory impairment.


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Last updated: 7 April 2014

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