Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
Cumbernauld
Scotland
G68 0LS

Craighalbert Centre

What We Do

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH WHOM SCCMI ENGAGES

It is estimated that 120 - 140 children will be born with cerebral palsy each year in Scotland. This means that over the next decade there will be over 1,000 additional children with cerebral palsy in Scotland. We wish to provide services to assist all of these children.

Characteristics of Children/Young People Affected by Cerebral Palsy

SCCMI was established to provide the education and therapeutic provisions for children with cerebral palsy and related conditions. The reference to cerebral palsy is contextualised by the Definition and Classification of Cerebral Palsy (2006) which describes cerebral palsy thus: 

Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing foetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication, and behaviour, by epilepsy, and by secondary musculoskeletal problems.

This description illustrates a wide range of neurological disorders. A key element of this broad description is that the neurological damage is permanent although it is anticipated that the impact of such damage may be ameliorated. The term ‘cerebral palsy and related conditions’ is used to describe the nature of the children and young people with whom SCCMI engages and who may be affected by:

disorders of movement and posture, 
- activity limitation, 
- disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication and behaviour,
- functional abilities (life skills, activities of daily living and activities related to independence), 
- learning difficulties,
- secondary musculoskeletal problems.

Severity and Complexity of the Impairments Affecting Children/Young People

SCCMI provides services for a wide range of severity and complexity of children with neurological conditions, including those with ‘complex and exceptional healthcare needs’. The decision to address the needs of such a wide range of children is informed by a range of factors which include the view that SCCMI should engage with all children throughout Scotland who are able to benefit from its services.

Residential Location of Those Engaging with SCCMI Services

As a national centre and a Grant Aided Special School, SCCMI has a Scotland-wide remit and therefore has a responsibility to engage with as many children/young people as can benefit from its services from all parts of Scotland. Currently children/young people resident in 20 of Scotland’s local authorities engage with its services, with an ambition that services should be expanded to include all local authorities. 

Age Range of Children/Young People With Whom SCCMI Will Engage

The age of children/young people with whom SCCMI engages ranges from birth to 19 years.
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