‘No plans’ to cut disabled services for children in Sheffield

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A parent of a disabled child has said they are ‘deeply concerned’ amid rumours that Sheffield Council is axing its provision for children with disabilities.

The council insisted it had ‘no plans’ to cut the service – or jobs – but said proposals are being developed that could make the service ‘more integrated’ for young people up to the age of 25.

The authority said it will be consulting with users of its specialist social work services over changes to how it provides support in the future.

But parents are yet to be assured.

One parent, who did not wish to be identified, said: “I have been told that the service will be cut and I am deeply concerned.

“This will leave a great number of disabled children with a reduced quality of life.

“This is an important service and must remain.”

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 the authority was consulting about changes at the request of parents and would no plans to axe it.

She said: “There are no plans to cut specialist social work services for children with disabilities.

“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, parents and 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.”