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Gwasanaeth Gwybodaeth i Deuluoedd Gwynedd

Disabled Children and Children with Additional Needs


What is Derwen?
An Integrated Team for Disabled Children working with children and young people between 0 - 18 years of age in Gwynedd.
The Team provides specialist support for:
• children with a development delay or disorder.
• disabled children.
• children with an illness.

Derwen is a partnership between the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Gwynedd Council’s Social Services Department.

What does Derwen offer?
• One point of contact for the Team.  
• Advice and information.
• An Initial Assessment by a Duty Officer.
• Professional input to meet the child’s needs.
• Multi-agency review of the child’s needs.
• A right to an assessment of the carer’s needs.

Who can refer a child to Derwen?
• The child or young person.
• Parent / Carer.
• Professionals with the consent of the family.

Who works for Derwen?
• Duty Officer.
• Community Nurses (Child Development).
• Clinical Psychologists.
• Social Workers.
• Education Liaison Officer.
• Support Services Officers.
• Occupational Therapist (Adaptations).
• Information Officer.

Support Services
The Support Services work closely with other members of the team to support children in their own homes or in the community. Over the summer there are approximately 150 children receiving support services, with approximately 100 for the rest of the year. The children can take part in various activities for example attend a youth club, go swimming or go for a walk. The Support Services have about 75 support workers working different hours.

Information for Families
There are a number of ways of giving information to families e.g. Directory of Service and the newsletter. If you have specific questions you should ask your professional worker or contact your local office in the first instance.

Directory of Services
The Directory of Services is used to give information to every child and young person who is on the Register for Disabled Children and Children who are ill. It contains all the information that we have that may be of help or interest to families. If you have not received a copy and your child is on the register contact your local Derwen office.

'Yr Enfys' Newsletter
Yr Enfys is a Newsletter sent out to families with a child on the register for Disabled Children and Children who are ill. There are 3 issues a year, one each school term, and it contains articles about young people, services, contacts which may be of interest and useful information. The latest edition of Yr Enfys can be seen at the bottom of the page.

How to contact Derwen:

Bron Hendre        
South Road               
LL55 2HP            
01286 674686
Ffordd y Cob
LL53 5AA
01758 704 425      
Meirionnydd Area Offices
Cae Penarlâg
LL40 2YB          
01341 424503

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