Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People is an national project established by the Health Service Executive working with the non-statutory and voluntary organisations they fund and others in the health, education and disability sectors, to change the way services are provided. This is based on the recommendations of the Report of the National Reference Group on Multidisciplinary Services for Children aged 5-18 Years produced by representatives of the professions and management involved in delivering multi-disciplinary services to children.

In Ireland, disability services delivered by the HSE and non-statutory organisations have developed independently over time. There is wide variation in the services available in different parts of the country and for different categories of disability. As a consequence of this, some children and their families have little or no access to services for example Doctor, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Social Worker, Physiotherapist and Psychologist.

The project is being organised at national, regional and local level and includes representatives from services (both health and education) and parents getting together to see how current services can be re-organised to achieve this better structure.

The vision for the programme is

• One clear pathway to services for all children with disabilities according to need.

• Resources used to the greatest benefit for all children and families.

• Health and education working together to support children to achieve their potential.

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If you are interested in finding out more about Progressing Disability Services, you can read relevant guidance documents here

A regular newsletter is published about Progressing Children’s Disability Services with articles about what is happening around the different HSE areas, parent involvement updates and information on national guidance documentation to assist local areas in planning. To view the PDS Newsletters click here




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