Paediatric Child Development Centre (CDC)

We see children when parents or professionals have concerns about a child’s development and/or a child shows challenging behaviour.

The Child Development Centre is a specialist team that provides an initial assessment and where indicated on-going investigation, treatment and support.

The Child Development Centre accepts referrals for Children under 5 years who have:

  • Motor difficulties
  • Developmental concerns including global delay, motor, language, visual or severe hearing impairment
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Neurological concerns
  • Social communication concerns and/or possible autism

Children need to be registered with a GP from Guildford and Waverley CCG to be referred. Referral is by letter or the Electronic Referral System.

Children over 5yrs should be referred to the Developmental Paediatricians based with Children and Family Health Surrey via their One Stop service. You can access their One Stop service here.

Services provided

  • Paediatric Developmental Clinics.
  • Multi-disciplinary Assessment for children with Social Communication difficulties (includes assessment by Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Psychologist and involvement of the child’s nursery).
  • Referrals to Therapists, Portage, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support Services as appropriate.
  • We have very close links with the wider multidisciplinary team including professionals from health, education, social care and the voluntary sector. More complex children may have a large team around them requiring a “team around the child” approach.
  • Medical investigations where appropriate and liaison with other paediatric services.

Contact us

CDC Secretary: 01483 571 122

Extension: 2418


Level B, Outpatients 6.

Meet the team

Dr Caroline Salmon - Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Lead for Child Development Team

BA (Cantab) 1988 MB BChir (Cantab) 1990

DRCOG 1992

MRCP (UK) 1995

MSc Community Paediatrics (UCL) 2003


PET 2 and 3 

Dr Jo Cockeram - Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Paediatric Epilepsy Lead

MBBS (Lon) 1994

MRCPCH 2 1997

Diploma Paediatric Neurodisability (Hallam) 2007


PET 2 and 3 2019

Dr Clare Henderson - Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist

MA (Hons) Psychology 1998

DClinPsy 2002

BPS Chartered Psychologist

HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist

Lucy Ross - Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Currently work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Assessment (MDA) team within the Children's Unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and as part of the local Early Years Speech and Language Therapy team.

BSc (Hons) 2010