A Family-Centred Approach

Our teams take a family-centred approach in their work. This is a central part of the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People (PDS) model of service. What that means is a child's need for services does not exist in isolation from their other needs and from the needs of their family. 

All children develop and learn through taking part in daily life and activities with their family, school or pre-school. A family-centred approach means the team will support you to maximise these everyday learning opportunities to allow your child to reach their full potential. This has been shown to have the best results for children.

The parents of the child know their child best. They are seen as equal partners in the work of the Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT) given the expertise they have in the care of their child. Goals will be based around your child’s needs as prioritised by you at your Individual Family Service Plan meeting.