The Child Development Service is a multidisciplinary team that provide quality care and support for children and young people aged 0-18 who have additional needs. Working in strong partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies, we are committed to care and support children with disabilities to enable them to reach their full potential.
Our core values
- Putting the child's needs first.
- Working in partnership with families/ carers, other agencies and the wider community.
- Promoting dignity, respect and integrity in everything we do.
- Aspiring for the best in ourselves and others.
- Celebrating and promoting diversity in our community.
How can I access this service?
You will need to be referred by a health, social care or educational professional that supports you or your child such as your GP, School Nurse, Health Visitor or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
How to give us feedback
Your feedback will help us improve the way we do things and is anonymous unless you choose to give us your contact details. You can either print the questionnaire below or follow this link to an identical online survey. You can also fill out our questionnaire [233kb].
For more information about the Child Development Service (CDS) please follow the links below:
Children's Occupational Therapy
- Occupational therapy provides services for children who are experiencing difficulty participating in their daily activities. Self-care: getting dressed, getting ready to leave the house, eating meals, and using cutlery to preparing simple meals and participating in hygiene routines. We also provide support with productivity (participation in nursery, school or any educational/vocational activities): using tools and materials in the classroom, following school routines, attention and concentration, participating in PE lessons, accessing computers/technology and handwriting, etc.
- The Children's Occupational Therapy Team can support children or young people aged 0-18 years as follows:
- Infants and pre-school aged children with developmental concerns who require early assessment and intervention.
- Children and young people with two or more significant functional difficulties impacting on their ability to access the curriculum, their functional independence or their ability to participate in everyday activities.
- Children and young people who require specialist aids, adaptations and equipment for their safety or to support their participation and functional independence.
- CDS OT information [208kb]
- Ways to Develop Your Childs Organizational Skills [303kb]
- How to Improve My Child's Ball Skills [309kb]
- Fun Ways to Play [308kb]
- Handwriting Advice [535kb]
- How can I help my Child Sit at the Table Properly? [315kb]
- Scissor Skills [320kb]
- Self Care [466kb]
- Sensory Strategies for Parents [548kb]
- To Write or Type - That is the Question! [401kb]
- Useful Link for Parents and Teachers [260kb]
- How to Promote Good Concentration Skills [349kb]
- Paediatric Physiotherapists work with babies, children and young people aged 0-18 in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The team can offer help with health, sensory and learning difficulties that may impact development. Our direct phone number is 01481 213606.
- CDS Physiotherapy Service [227kb]
Positive Behaviour Support
- Our Positive Behaviour Support team helps children and young people with learning disabilities who present behaviours of concern. We try to find out why behaviours of concern are presented and then develop a positive behaviour support plan.
- Information about the PBS team [203kb]
- Clinical Psychologists work with children with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, and their families. Clinical Psychologists also work alongside other professionals, offering highly specialist assessment and support.
- Clinical Psychologists are part of the multi-disciplinary assessment team which look to understand a child's strengths and needs in development. This may sometimes lead to a diagnosis.
- Clinical Psychologists work with parents and/or their children where there are concerns about aspects of a child's behaviour or emotional development. This includes concerns such as mood or anxiety disorders; complex sleep or feeding difficulties; challenging behaviour.
Speech and Language Therapy
- Children's Speech and Language Therapy offers support to children who have delayed speech development, difficulty's using speech sounds and difficulty's using language for social interaction. We can also offer help with feeding difficulties, cleft plate and hearing difficulties.
- CDS Speech and Language Therapy [200kb]
- Social workers with the Child Development Service work with children from age 0 to 18 years and their families. We will get to know you and find out more about any problems you are trying to overcome. If your child has a Social Worker they will usually be the Lead Professional for your child. This means they will be responsible for making sure the action plan for your child is followed and kept under regular review. If required, Social Work involvement will continue until your child is 18, and support will be provided to help them transition to Adult Disability Services.
- CDS Social Worker Information [206kb]
Child Development Liaison Nurse
- The Child Development Liaison Nurse works with pre-school children who have been referred due to concerns about their development.
- The Liaison Nurse can help by firstly visiting the child and the parent/ carer at their home. Then if necessary explaining what assessment will take place and why. Following the assessments of the child's needs, individual appointments are co-ordinated. Once this has been completed we can provided support to understand the outcome of the assessment. We can also provide advice about what parents and carers can do to support the child's development.
- CDS Nurse Information [204kb]
Special Needs School Nurse
- The role of the School Nurse is to support with meeting the health needs of children attending Le Rondin and Le Murier.
- The role includes, conducting health assessments and providing advice on a range of health related issues. We also provide educational sessions to students, parents or professionals.
- School Nurse Information [223kb]
- A Paediatrician is a doctor who has specialist training and experience in the health and developmental needs of children. The Paediatrician working as part of the CDS team will assess a child's health and any problems which impact on their development. They will discuss with the young person or parent/carer what further assessments might be required; any referrals to other sources of support, any diagnosis that have been made and what this means for them. They will often arrange to see child again to review their progress.