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Camden Mosaic Child Development Team

The Child Development Team sees children from 0 - 5 years of age with complex developmental difficulties.

Our team consists of a range of professionals including Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietician, Specialist Health Visitor, Clinical Psychologists, Child Psychotherapists, Therapy Assistant, and Keyworkers. 

There are two stages to working with the Child Development Team. The assessment process which normally takes around six weeks followed by the intervention phase. 

The assessment process

The assessment process usually involves several appointments with different professionals either one-to-one or with two professionals together.  After the assessment is finished the team meet with the family to give feedback about the assessment results and will confirm a diagnosis if appropriate.

Following the assessment feedback meeting, one or two members of the team will visit the parents at home to discuss how they are feeling about everything that has happened.  Staff will use a coaching style to help with this process and discuss ways to move forward and plan the next steps.

The intervention phase

Following the assessment, a parent programme is offered to all families.  The Child Development Team offers two different parent programmes:

1.  EarlyBird - for children with a diagnosis of Autism
2.  My C.H.I.L.D. - for children with other developmental concerns

EarlyBird programme 

This 12 week programme was developed by the National Autistic Society and works in partnership with parents to help them to help their child.  It enables parents and carers to have a better understanding of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder, to develop their child's ability to communicate and to find practical ways to manage their child's behaviour.

My C.H.I.L.D. (Communication, Health, Independence, Learning and Development) programme

The programme covers a wide variety of topics outlining how to help a child in dfferent areas of development.  These include:  health and nutrition, attention, play,  communication, behaviour, motor skills, welfare, benefits and community resources, support in school and nursery, self-care and sensory processing. 

Following the parent programme, the Child Development Team will continue to work with parents to facilitate carrying out advice, review therapy programmes and support integration of programmes at home and in the nursery.  There are occasions when specific individual interventions will be required, for example, if a child needs special equipment or advice about safety for eating and drinking.

The Child Development Team works closely with the child's educational setting and supports parents in finding a suitable nursery. Support and advice is provided to nursery staff and how best to incorporate therapy programmes into the child's daily life.  As the child grows, the team work with parents to prepare for transition to reception and school health services. 

Contact details

Contact Name
Darren Turze
Contact Position
Service Manager, MOSAIC
Telephone
020 3317 2200
Fax: 020 7813 8680
E-mail
darren.turze@nhs.net

Address

Address
Kentish Town Health Centre
2
Bartholomew Road
London
Postcode
NW5 2BX

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Costs

Cost(s)
Free service.

Further details

Parent Body
NHS Camden and Camden Council. Part of Camden MOSAIC - Integrated Service for Disabled Children.
Client Group
Children and young people.
Catchment Area
Camden.
Referrals Policy
Accepts referrals from professionals via eCAF form - choose 'Referral Integrated Service for Disabled Children'.
Language note
Interpreters by arrangement
Ward
Camden Town with Primrose Hill Ward
Last checked date
26/07/2016
Record ID
837

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Children under 5
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
SEN Provision Type
Targeted
Specialist
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

Kentish Town Health Centre. The Child Development Team offers a service to those who live in Camden.  For those who live in a different borough but have a Camden GP we will work together with your borough to ensure services are provided.

Who does your service provide for?

Children with complex developmental needs aged 0-5 years of age.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

The referral is discussed at the Single Point of Referral.  If the panel agree that the child’s needs are best met by the Child Development Team, the child will be seen in the first available assessment clinic.  The wait is usually around 8 weeks.  Following the 6 week assessment process, the team will decide whether further input is required

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

Decisions are made by the Single Point of Referral panel. Children need to present with complex developmental problems which usually involves requiring to see more than 2 professionals. 

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We communicate with families by letter, phone and at times by email.  Families are encouraged to participate in the assessment process and contribute to the assessment. Keyworker support is offered to families. Following the assessment feedback meeting one or two members of the Child Development Team visit the family at home to understand how the family are feeling about everything that has happened. A coaching approach is used during this home visit to agree a way forward and to make a plan. 

Is your service fully accessible?

Yes. There is also a lift to the first floor where our services are based. 

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

All therapists and paediatricians have been trained according to professional standards. Ongoing training is offered to staff depending on their needs.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

They should contact Darren Turze, Service Manager (MOSAIC) via darren.turze@nhs.net

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

Children need to be referred to this service by another professional. Families should contact their GP or health visitor or therapist they are currently working with for further information. 

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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