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Social Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service

Achieving for Children (AfC) Social Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service for Children and Young People with Disabilities

The aim of the Social Care Occupational Therapy with children and their families is to enhance their abilities and independence at home and to support their parent/carers in managing the child’s daily activities.

The service is available to: 

  • Children aged between 0 to18 years old 
  • Children permanently resident in London Boroughs of Richmond-Upon- Thames and Kingston-Upon-Thames 
  • Children with permanent and substantial physical or learning disabilities 
  • To facilitate children’s discharge from hospital following surgical intervention

The Occupational Therapist will undertake a functional assessment of the child’s ability to undertake everyday tasks in the home and following assessment we could recommend/provide the following:

  • Advice and information for example, managing the child’s disability at home. This could include advice about organisation of tasks and changing the layout of furniture to improve access and on developing independence skills 
  • Providing equipment to assist with daily activities e.g., toilet frames, bath/shower seats and changing benches 
  • Moving and Handling assessment and advice. This could include giving advice on techniques, provision of hoists and slings and a plan addressing the specific needs of the child 
  • Minor adaptations e.g., grab rails, stair rails, door widening and safety measures 
  • Major adaptations e.g., stir lifts, through floor lifts, ramps, level access showers, altering existing rooms or providing a new room such as a wheelchair accessible bedroom

Referrals are prioritised according to need and those with the highest need are provided with a service first.

Priority 1 

  • Moving and Handling issues 
  • To facilitate hospital discharge 
  • To undertake housing assessments where a property needs to be allocated within the Housing Department time scales

Priority 2 

  • All other referrals for examples toileting, bathing access to and around the home and safety advice.

Referrals are made to the Occupational Therapy Service by parents and carers, health care professionals and others for example schools. The referral form can be downloaded below. There will be a turn around of 48 working hours from receipt of your application to being added to the waiting list.

Social Services Occupational Therapy referral form (Word doc)

Applications can be sent via email to or via post to Social Care Occupational Therapy, Moor Lane Centre, Moor Lane, Chessington, KT9 2AA.

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