Referrals

Children can be referred to the Child Development Centre by health professionals (e.g., GPs, Health Visitors, Community or School Nursing staff or Paediatricians, Hospital staff where children will be returning to Barking & Dagenham), or parents who identify concerns about their child’s developmental progress.

Children are usually eligible for referral if they have difficulties in two or more areas of their development, which will then have a significant impact on their activities of daily living. Referrals are made using the Single Point of Access referral form. Referrals should be completed electronically for legibility, and all sections should contain as much detail as possible.

If the referral is successful, a programme of care will be decided on an individual basis. This could be intensive e.g., weekly or on a monitoring and review basis. Therapeutic programmes will be developed in a variety of settings, with a range of prescribed activities within each programme.

The service has links with the following:

Health

Local Authority

Acute Paediatricians

Educational Psychology Services

General Practitioners

Portage

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Special Educational Needs Service

Ophthalmology

Day care Services for Under Fives

Orthoptist

Disabled Children’s Team

Audiology

 

Dentistry

 

Dietetics

 

Tertiary Centres to include clinical genetics

 

Health Visitors

 

School Nurses