Parent-carers’ confidence in the quality of disabled children’s health and social care services is at an all-time low, new evidence from the Disabled Children’s Partnership shows
The vast majority (75%) of the 1,500 of parent carers surveyed by DCP – a coalition of over 60 disability charities – said that the quality of health services to support their children had grown significantly worse in the past few years.
The research also found:
- 65 per cent felt that the quality of social care was in a similar decline.
- Nearly half (45%) said that they were aware of imminent plans to reduce social and health care services for families with disabled children in their local area.
The consequences of this are:
- Disabled children are waiting too long for support, affecting their health and progress.
- Families are forced to fundraise for vital equipment or treatments that are underprovided by the bodies who have a statutory obligation to do so.
- Families are fighting through the courts for services which they desperately need.