Integrated Children’s Disability Service (ICDS)

The Integrated Children’s Disability Service was created in September 2016 and brings together colleagues from education and social care into one team to deliver a holistic approach to support for children and young people with disabilities aged 0 to 25 years.

There is a variety of support, advice and information available to help disabled children and their families with everyday tasks. 

Search Notts Help Yourself to see what support is available, including: 

  • after school and holiday clubs
  • sitters and befrienders
  • support for parents
  • activity groups for other children in your family 
  • short breaks for disabled children.

We can also provide you with a range of services including:

  • specialist equipment and adaptations to your home
  • short term equipment loan scheme for holidays
  • personal care such as getting up in the morning or ready for bed in the evening
  • sitters and befrienders
  • independent travel training
  • support for carers. 

To be eligible for support you first need to complete a care and support assessment to find out what help you need.

Assessment Team

The Assessment Team, receives requests for Short Breaks, Specialist childcare packages and Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments via the Disability Duty point in relation to children, young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Assessment Team assesses their eligibility in relation to these requests. If eligible the team progresses them to ensure their identified outcomes are met. If not the team signposts them to other services.

The Assessment Team works closely with other services in relation to identifying families who may need support with routines, behavior management, sleep routines and families who may benefit from a multi-agency approach.

Contact Duty:

  • Telephone 0115 804 1275 

or Email:


Commissioning and Contracts Team

The Commissioning Team commissions education placements for children and young people with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who cannot access mainstream or special school education. Post 16 provision is commissioned for children and young people who require additional support to access the curriculum.

We also commission packages of support for children & young people assessed as eligible for Short Breaks provision to meet their identified outcomes and appropriate childcare packages for those children & young people unable to access universal/mainstream childcare providers to enable parent/ carers to work.


Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Team provides specialist assessment for disabled children and young people resident in Nottinghamshire up to the age of 18 who have a disability or sensory loss which has a substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. They also co-ordinate the short term equipment loan scheme for holidays.

Contact Occupational Therapy Duty:

Early Support Service

Early Support offers bespoke, individualised packages of support for children and young people aged 0-18years, either within their own homes or local communities, supported by trained / experienced support workers. We are registered  and inspected by Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Early support provides:

  • Short Breaks via Sitting and Befriending
    This is sitting for the child/young person in their own home, befriending in their local community or a combination of both.
  • Overnight short breaks in the home / community
    These are a break for the parent from their caring role and the opportunity for the child/young person to experience/expand their independence in a supported way
  • Assistance with personal care
    This provides advice and assistance to parents/carers in undertaking personal care for their child / young person following an assessment of need.
  • Sleep support and advice
    Accredited Sleep practitioners support children / young people and their families to establish a healthy sleep routine. This could be alongside overnight support in the home.
  • Preparing for adulthood packages
    Working in partnership with to offer a package of support focusing on: independent living skills, employment/training/education in a practical and supported manner. To enable and empower the young person to voice their wishes, dreams, hopes and fears for their own future.
  • Assistance, advice and support around routines and behaviour.
    Offering children / young people and their families, practical and emotional support with establishing routines and dealing with behaviours that challenge.


Play for disabled children service

Play for Disabled Children Service offers specialist Short Breaks provision for disabled children and young people with complex needs aged 5 until their 18th birthday. It provides an opportunity for these individuals to participate in and enjoy play and leisure activities in their local community as well as supporting transitions between settings.


Ask Us Nottinghamshire (formerly Parent Partnership Service)

The Information Advice and Support Service (Ask Us Nottinghamshire) offers impartial and confidential information, support and advice to children and young people, and their parents and carers, to enable them to make informed decisions about matters around education, health and care relating to their special educational needs and/or disability.

Contact Edwina Cosgrove:

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