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Parents of disabled children miss out

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Care and family support services are not being accessed by nearly three-quarters of parents who have disabled children, according to research.

Government-commissioned surveys of 30 English local authorities indicate that 74% of families with disabled children are missing out on foster care, counselling services, home adaptations and short breaks.

Around a third of families also feel their children received “little” or “none” of the care and support services they required in the past 12 months.

As part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families study, parents were questioned about their experience of health, education and care and family support services.

It is linked with plans to introduce a national indicator on disabled children which measures local performance.

When analysed by campaigners Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM), the results revealed that almost three-quarters of families had not accessed care and family support services in the past year.

Christine Lenehan, director of the Council for Disabled Children and EDCM board member, said: “If we want disabled children and their families to be independent and resilient members of society, appropriate local care and support services need to be in place.

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