‘No plans’ to cut council support for disabled children amid changes

Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: David Walsh
Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: David Walsh
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Sheffield Council is to consult with users of its specialist social work services for children with disabilities over changes to how it provides support.

The authority said it has “no plans” to cut the service or job posts, but that proposals are being developed that could make the service “more integrated” for young people up to the age of 25.

The reassurance came after one parent, who did not wish to be named, said they were “deeply concerned” about the future of the service, claiming any cuts could leave disabled children with “a reduced quality of life”.

The team currently supports children and young people with learning or physical impairments to live within their own family and communities.

It also offers support and help to families who may be struggling to cope.

Director of children and families at the council, Dorne Collinson, said: “Parents and carers have told us that they would like services to be more integrated so we are looking at how we can do this for young people aged 25 and under with a disability.

“We will consult with staff, young people and parents/carers as proposals are developing. We are working with families and staff to secure services that support all aspects of family life to provide the type of services families want and can access.”