Learning Disability Service Children and Young People

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    All Age Learning Disability Service:
    Children and Young People Community Health Teams.

    People with learning disabilities and their families have the same right of access to  mainstream physical healthcare and mental health services as everyone else.

     (Valuing People 2001, 2009)

    Our service is all age because we recognise that some people with learning disabilities need support for the whole of their lives.

    However, we also recognise that the needs of children, young people and their families are different to the needs of adults. Therefore, there are two separate specialisms within the All Age Service.

    This factsheet provides information about services provided by the Children and Young People’s Learning Disability Community Health Team, or (‘Children’s Learning Disability Team’ - for short!).

    The Children’s Learning Disability Team aims to support children and young people, with a learning disability, and their families to improve health and wellbeing, and access the health care they need.

    We can do this by:

    • Promoting liberty, choice, and equal opportunities.
    • Supporting access to mainstream health services.
    • Recognising the impact of a learning disability and associated health and wellbeing needs.
    • Promoting health checks and health planning.
    • Promoting health equality and reasonable adjustments.
    • Reducing disability discrimination.

    We believe that young people with a learning disability have a right to:

    • Equal access to healthcare.
    • Respect and understanding.
    • Receive services that are in their best interests - (when they are not able to make decisions for themselves).
    • Appropriate support to make decisions.
    • Have choice, information and equal opportunities.

    What we do:

    • Work directly with young people with a learning disability, and their family or carers, to promote health and wellbeing.  
    • Provide specialist assessments to understand a young person’s needs and work together to support these, including individual or group based approaches.
    • Liaise with local specialist schools, if required, as part of a holistic approach to support the young person and their family. 
    • Assist with transition to Adult Learning Disability Community Health Teams, if there is an agreed identified health need.
    • Support mainstream health and mental health services to make reasonable adjustments, to allow young people with a learning disability to access them.


    • The service accepts referrals for young people, up to 18 years of age, from a variety of sources, including the young person themselves, parent/carer, or any professional involved in their care.  
    • A professional would require the consent of the parent and/or young person prior to submitting the referral. 
    • Referrals can be made by telephone (young person or parent/carer) or submitting a written form (professional). However, consultation is available, if required.  
    • All referrals are reviewed so the team can decide if they are the best people to help and to identify the clinical need and urgency.


    To be eligible for the service, young people must fulfil the following criteria:

    • Provides evidence indicating/suggesting that the person being referred has either a Global Developmental Delay (under 5 years) or a moderate to profound learning disability (Lancashire) or mild to profound learning disability (South Cumbria). If you are unsure, please contact the team for advice.
    • Be registered with a local GP.
    • Have a health or wellbeing need that cannot be met by mainstream health services, with reasonable adjustments.

    Our services are provided across Lancashire and South Cumbria:

    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale,
    • Hyndburn, Ribble Valley
    • Chorley & South Ribble
    • Preston
    • West Lancashire
    • Fylde & Wyre
    • Lancaster & Morecambe
    • South Cumbria

    Referrals and enquiries can be made by either telephone or in writing to the following: -


    Referral Hub
    All Age Learning Disability Service
    Darwen Resource Centre
    Edward Street
    Darwen, BB3 1AY
    Tel: 01772 520202

    Email: LDReferralHub@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

    South Cumbria:

    College House
    Howard Street
    LA14 1NB


    Email: CumbriaChildrensLD@lscft.nhs.uk

    Tel: 01229 404693


    Email: LD-Admin-South@lscft.nhs.uk
    Tel: 01229 404524