Disabled Children's Partnership

Yesterday, the Disabled Children's Partnership have published the results of their survey on the quality of services for disabled children and their families.  The publication coincides with a debate in the House of Lords on the challenges facing disabled people in the UK in 2018.

They asked families whether they thought the quality of health and social care services in their local area had got better or worse over the last few years, and if they were aware of any specific plans to cut services in the future.  

The results paint a dismal picture with:

  • Three-quarters of family members said health services in their area had got worse
  • Nearly two-thirds said the same for social care services
  • Just under half of respondents were aware of specific plans to cut services.

The main findings

The main findings of the survey were:

  • 65% of family members surveyed think the quality of social care services has got worse over the past few years
  • 75% of family members surveyed think the quality of health services has got worse over the past few years
  • 45% of family members surveyed said they are aware of specific plans to reduce social care of health services in their area

The Partnership know that disabled children’s services are under intense pressure as cuts to local authority and health budgets continue to chip away at vital services. Sadly, but not surprisingly, this survey shows that this is having an impact on the quality of services disabled children receive.

A lack of quality services can hamper a disabled child’s development and progress. That is why the Disabled Children’s Partnership is calling on central government to provide ministerial leadership for disabled children and provide dedicated funding for disabled children’s services.

You can read the full report here.



 
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