Children’s Community Learning Disability and Behaviour Support Service

Support to understand and meet the health needs of
children with learning disabilities, global developmental delay and autism

Who we are and what we can provide:

We are a team of experienced learning disability nurses and assistant practitioners. We are able to offer a service when a child or young person requires specialist support arising from their learning disability or autism and its impacts on their health. We often do this by working to advise parents or other health professionals working with that child.


Children aged 2-18 years

  • with global development or learning disabilities
  • who require specialist support beyond universal and targeted service

Children aged 2-11 years

  • who have a diagnosis of autism
  • we have a limited offer of services in the process of assessment for autism

What to expect?

Parents will be offered a programme or workshop as this has been shown to be the most helpful for families.
The programmes and workshops we offer are co-facilitated alongside partner agencies. The aim is to help understand and positively meet the child’s needs.

The programmes are:

  • NAS EarlyBird (for parents of children pre-school autism)
  • What Now? (for parents of school age children with autism)
  • Early- Positive Approach to Support (E-PAtS) (for parents of children pre-school aged children with developmental delay)
  • Behaviour Support workshops (for parents of children with learning disabilities and / or autism who fit our criteria above)
  • Sensory Workshops (alongside an Occupational Therapist, for parents of children with learning disabilities and / or autism or going through an autism assessment who fit our criteria above)
  • Sleep Workshops (for parents of children with learning disabilities and / or autism, or going through an autism assessment, who fit our criteria above)

Programme planners are available here

Carlisle & Eden programme planner

Allerdale & Copeland programme planner

South Lakes and Furness programme planner

For children/young people with a Learning Disability where a parent programme/workshop has been completed, or does not meet identified need, we can provide specialist assessments and interventions:

  • ·Understanding Behaviour·Sleep

  • ·Continence

  • ·Skills development (e.g. eating, independence skills)

  • ·Access to health provisions / health promotion

  • ·Transitions

For children with autism (without learning disabilities) where complex behavioural difficulties persist after attending appropriate parent programmes we can offer a time limited intervention. This would support the family to develop a behaviour support plan.

In addition we can provide advice and consultation for other health teams on how to adapt their service to make reasonable adjustment for children with learning disabilities or autism.

Referrals and contact information:

To send us a referral or if you have any queries please contact us via email at:

Referral forms are available to download here.

Below is a list of the locations the service can be accessed throuhgout Cumbria:

East Cumbria (Carlisle & Eden)
Springboard Development Centre,
Orton Road, Carlisle, CA2 37HE
Tel: 01228 603195
West Cumbria (Allerdale & Copeland)

Workington Community Hospital,
Park Lane, Workington, CA14 2RW 
Tel: 01900 705081
South Cumbria (Barrow & South Lakes)
Stafford House,
103-105 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 5EX 
Tel: 01229 404693