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Referral criteria

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Also known as autism, it is a developmental disorder that is defined by difficulties in both communication and social interaction. Those who have autism also display signs of repetitive behaviours.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioural disorder that causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It often changes the way a child thinks and behaves.

Coordination or fine motor difficulties

Children whose motor skills (the precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific  development delays, or experience difficulty in coordinating movements meaning that they are unable to complete or perform common everyday tasks. 

Developmental delay or disordered development

Concerns of a condition where a child is less developed than their peers, both physically or mentally. 


This is where a child may become hard of hearing, meaning they may require addition support in communicating with others.

Neurological disability

A neurological disability within children is any disorder of the nervous system that can affect the brain, spine and the nerves that connect them.  

Sensory impairment

This is where a child will experience difficulty with one of their senses (smell, sight, touch, hearing, smell or spatial awareness). For example, if someone has a hearing impairment, they may be required to wear a hearing aid. 

Significant learning difficulties / disabilities

Significant learning difficulties range in severity, and can leave some children with the inability to communicate, while others will struggle to learn new skills or cope independently. 

Symptom management in palliative and end of life care

This is the care and management of pain a child will receive at the end of their life.


Visual problems are those that can affect the sight of a child.

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If you are waiting for a new or a follow up appointment and you are concerned about your child’s health please contact your GP, call 111 or 999 if an emergency.

How to refer

Referrals are accepted from:

  • BCHC Health Visitors, School Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
  • Hospital Paediatricians and Allied Health Professionals
  • GP’s
  • Social Care Services
  • Education – Community Day Nurseries, Schools, Educational Psychologists, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo’s)
  • Forward Thinking Birmingham (CAMHS)
  • Voluntary sector – Barnardos, NCH Action for Children and others


Some of our specialist services are restricted to referrals from Doctors only. 

Click here to download the PDF version of the Children and Families referral form for all services.

Once a referral has been accepted, you will be contacted regarding an appointment.