Introducing the Child & Adolescent Learning Disability Service (CALDS​)

  • We are a multi-disciplinary health team who work with Health, Education, Social Care and the third sector to support children and young people with a Learning Disability.
  • We support families of children with a Learning Disability who have emotional, behavioural or developmental needs.  
  • We work with children who need additional support in areas such as behaviour that challenges, toileting, anxiety, sleep, feeding, accessing healthcare etc.

Who can we help?

Children and young people who have a Learning Disability and whose needs would be best met within the CALDS approach​

They must:

  • Be school age (5-18)
  • Require specialist support for behaviour that has not responded to generic interventions, an MDT approach or support under the Positive Behaviour Support framework
  • Have challenges that are present across settings (education support can be accessed for problems only present within school)

What do we want to achieve?

  • Collaborative working across professional groups and systems
  • Listening to what families need
  • Reducing Restrictive Practice
  • Reducing health inequalities and improving access to healthcare
  • Supporting transition to adult services
  • Promoting understanding of ‘Learning Disability’
  • Working towards providing a more timely response for when support is most needed
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour Support

How to make a referral

You can make a referral to CALDS if you are a:

  • Community Health Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Member of the Senior Leadership team in a Special School

To discuss a potential referral or access a consultation with a member of the team, please contact us on

Telephone:               029 2183 6789

Text:                           07970 245876

Email referrals to:  [email protected]

Email the team on: [email protected]

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