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SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN HELD BACK BY LACK OF CASH

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Services for disabled children are being held back because social services departments lack resources, according to...
Services for disabled children are being held back because social services departments lack resources, according to a new report from the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

'Special Child: Special Needs' says the AMA working party looking at services found 'a mixed picture with some encouraging signs and some signs which are deeply disturbing'.

Its study found that the development of integrated play and short terms breaks were being held back because of a lack of cash. The working party was 'deeply disturbed' about the plight of children with emotional disorders exacerbated by disabilities, who were ending up in psychiatric hospitals.

The report recommends promoting facilitators to help parents through the labyrinthine maze of services run by a confusion of public bodies.
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