Does a disabled child have a legal right to specific services?
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No, not under the Children Act.
The help and services given will depend on:
- The child’s assessed needs, and
- The local threshold document used to decide which children in the area are enough ‘in need’ to get help and services.
The local threshold document should explain the measures used in the local area to decide what help children can receive. It helps social workers decide if a child is likely to get any extra help or services. The threshold document (or the measures in it) may be called ‘eligibility criteria’ in some local areas. Slightly different measures or ‘thresholds’ apply in different parts of England. See our Child in need page for more information.
If a disabled child has been assessed to need a specific service under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act there is an enforceable right to that service.