Disabled children’s health suffering in lockdown

Thursday 25 February 2021

A year out of school without essential therapy and delays to hospital checks has led to disabled children’s health getting worse, a new survey by the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) has found.

The report finds that:

  • 3 in 4 disabled children are facing delays to routine health checks.
  • 70% of disabled children are unable to get therapies for their development.
  • Two thirds of disabled children are still not getting support set out by law in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

This is putting disabled children’s futures at risk.

This cannot stand.

That’s why we are calling for an ambitious and funded Covid recovery and catch-up plan for disabled children, covering not just education, but also health, social care and family wellbeing.  

Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact and chair of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, says: “Disabled children have paid the heaviest price during this pandemic. Our survey reveals that not only have they missed out on school but vital therapies and hospital appointments to such an extent that, for some, their health has deteriorated.

“This is a health and development crisis unfolding for children up and down the country, which could take years to remedy. That’s why we need immediate action with a funded and targeted catch up plan specifically for disabled children.”

How you can help our campaign

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Feeling the pressure of lockdown?

If you need someone to talk to someone who understands the pressures of lockdown, we offer 1-1 Listening Ear telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for reassurance and practical and emotional support. 

Making an appointment is simple: Visit our Eventbright page, choose the day and time that suits (morning, afternoon or evening).