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How to access the Children with Disabilities service:

  • There are three Children’s with Disabilities services – Manchester, Salford, and Trafford.
  • Referrals can be made by the individual, parent/carer, children’s services staff (e.g. Social Worker, Early Help), education staff (e.g. SENCO) healthcare staff (e.g. GP). As long as whoever hold parental responsibility agrees.
  • Referrals can be made via the service referral form and emailed or posted to the team at The Carol Kendrick Centre. Referrals are screened on a daily basis and then discussed at the weekly team meeting. The referrer is informed of the outcome.

Contact Details

0161 902 3400 /  The Carol Kendrick Centre, Stratus House, Southmoor Rd, Roundthorn Industrial Estate, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9XD

Service Information

The Children with Disabilities service is a city-wide service comprised of clinical psychologists, specialist learning disability nurses and an assistant psychologist.

We work with children and young people aged up to 18 with a diagnosis of Autism and/ or severe learning disabilities. This might involve attending one of our groups around understanding and managing behaviour in the context of these additional needs (Riding the Rapids) or sleep (Steps4Sleep), individual work with children and families, or working with the team around the child, such as teachers or health visitors.

We work jointly with our colleagues in the core CAMHS teams, who also work with autistic young people. We offer training and consultation to professionals to increase knowledge and skills around working with young people with autism or learning disabilities.

Service Lead

Dr Jo Bromley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

General Information about Learning Disabilities

People with a learning disability find it much harder to learn new skills. This includes skills like:

Reading and writing
Speaking and communicating
Self-care like dressing
Independence skills like shopping or cooking

There are a few reasons why someone might have a learning disability.

Sometimes it is passed down from the parents’ genes

Sometimes there has been a problem in the pregnancy or birth which causes the learning disability

Sometimes children have had an accident or serious illness which causes a learning disability

There are about 300000 children aged 0-17 in the United Kingdom with a learning disability.

Young people with a learning disability can come to CAMHS for help if…

They are feeling very sad, and the sad feeling does not go away
They are feeling very worried a lot of the time
They are having problems with behaviour or sleep