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The Disabled Children’s Partnership

The Disabled Children's Partnership

We are a proud member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership – a growing coalition of more than 45 organisations – campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

We know that 43% of the British public don’t know anyone who is disabled and that 97% of parents with a disabled children do not believe the public understands the challenges they face every day.

Our campaign, the Secret Life of Us – developed in close partnership with parents – looks to change this.

It reveals the parts of their lives that most people simply do not see – bringing to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face when living a life many of us take for granted.

By doing this, we hope to open the eyes of the public to the difficulties faced by families on a day-to- day basis, removing the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children.

Through this, we can create greater understanding, affinity and empathy for affected families.

Because without awareness and understanding, we cannot achieve real change.

But, with increased awareness and public support we can make a real difference.

The Disabled Children’s Partnership has recently published economic research showing a £1.5 billion funding gap for services needed by disabled children. This investment shortfall and its consequences were highlighted in a BBC Panorama programme broadcast on Monday 16th July 2018.

There are over one million disabled children in the UK, 33% more than a decade ago. Yet fewer disabled children than ever before are currently getting support. The research shows there is a funding gap in disabled children’s services which means tens of thousands are missing out on vital help that enables them to do things other children take for granted like eat, talk, leave the house, have fun and attend school.

The DCP are urgently calling on the government to plug the £1.5 billion gap – just 0.2% of total government spending – to ensure disabled children and their families have a decent quality of life.

The research, carried out by Development Economics, found that there is a £1.1 billion shortfall in funding for health services for disabled children and £433 million extra needed for social care. You can read the full report and findings on the Disabled Children’s Partnership website.

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