Disabled kids and families not getting the help they need, shock report finds

DISABLED children and families are not getting the help they need and deserve, according to a shocking new report.

Only 18 per cent of people think the nation’s one million disabled children have the right support from councils and the NHS.

And 73 per cent say delays in health and care services to disabled children in the pandemic were unacceptable.

The poll of 2,000 adults by the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), a coalition of 90 charities, also found 64 per cent of people think local councils and health services have a responsibility to provide respite and breaks from caring to families.

The Sun’s Give it Back campaign, supporting the DCP, is urging the Government to plug a £573 million funding gap in social care for disabled children.

In the pandemic, the situation for families has become even more dire, with children regressing in their conditions due to vital therapies being cancelled, and parents left without respite at breaking point.

Amanda Batten, Chair of DCP and CEO of Contact, said: “Disabled children and their families will be heartened to hear that public opinion is on their side.

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"We are urging local councils to listen. They need to ensure that extra funding allocated in the budget goes to respite, therapies and other services vital to disabled children.

“The Sun and the Disabled Children’s Partnership have been sounding the klaxon for years that support for disabled children and their families is at dangerously low levels."

To find out more go to www.tinyurl.com/CountDisabledChildrenIn

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