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01274 734744


St Luke’s Hospital, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5 0NA


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Bradford Child Development Service

What does it do?

Bradford Child Development Service is a team of health professionals working jointly with children and young people with long term development or learning difficulties and their families. The people you may meet are

  • Doctors (Developmental Paediatricians)
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy (for communication or for swallowing)
  • Psychology team
  • Dietician
  • Specialist nurses (Child Development/Transition Nurse/Surgical/Continence)
  • Nursery nurse and Child development assistants

The team work collaboratively alongside other agencies striving to provide an excellent service for children, young people and their families. With the child, young person and parental involvement, the health needs of child or young person are met through assessments and formulations of individualised treatment plans which promote independence and positive self-image for the child, young person and their family. The child, young person and their family are support throughout and signposted to outside agencies and organisations for further support and advice, including social care and voluntary sector.

Some of the appointments or interventions will be during hospital attendances whilst some can be via telephone or video consultations. Home visits can be facilitated on an individual needs basis by specific staff members.


Who is it for?

Children and young people with health and developmental needs including physical disability, learning disability, social communication disorders (autism) and other long term developmental conditions aged up to16 years (up to their 16th birthday) at the time of referral. They must have a Bradford GP or attend a Bradford   

Referrals are accepted from your GP, other doctors (e.g. hospital doctor), Health Visitor, School Nurse or Speech and Language Therapist.

The first appointment is usually with a doctor and referrals to other members of the multidisciplinary team will be made accordingly, specific to the child or young person’s individual identified needs.

By referral from your GP, another doctor (e.g. hospital doctor), Health Visitor, School Nurse or Speech and Language Therapist. The first appointment is usually with a doctor – other members of the team are involved according to the child/young person’s specific needs.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.