Children, Young People Parents, Families and Carers

What we do

We work in partnership with other services from health, education and social care to ensure a holistic approach is used for every family. We are also able to provide a consultation service to other professional regarding our service should this be needed.

Our service and the work we do are in line with professional guidelines, government directives and up to date research. The team is committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, the Local Authority Social Care and Education, as well as the Voluntary Sector in order to support families and educate others to help children and young people manage their every day. We currently offer specialist input directly from the team to the child and their family, Interventions can be offered to support the child within the school and/or home environment.

Parents and caregivers can refer through their GP, Social Worker, School or other professionals for children and young people with a moderate Learning Disability who are registered to a GP surgery in the Blackpool area.

Referral criteria

How we define a Learning Disability -The term is used in relation to individuals who have the following 3 core characteristics:

  • A significant impairment of intelligence, IQ below 70
  • A significant impairment of adaptive and/or social functioning (ability to cope on a day-to-day basis with the demands of his/her environment and the expectations of age and culture)
  • Age of onset before adulthood (18 years of age)

Learning Disability is divided into four classification groups: Mild, Moderate, Severe and Profound. The diagnosis of profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) is used when the individual has more than one impairment (i.e., sensory, physical, complex health needs, mental health issues) with the most significant being a learning disability. People with PMLD will require support from a carer/s to assist them with most areas of everyday life, such as eating/drinking, washing/dressing and going to the toilet.