Secret Life of Us

Our CEO Amanda Batten is proud to chair the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP), a growing coalition of more than 50 charities. Earlier this year we launched the Secret Life of Us campaign to raise awareness of the challenges families with disabled children face that most people of simply unaware of.

We have now launched our five step plan, which sets out how the government must act to addressing the growing crisis in health and social care for disabled children and their families.

The five steps

Step 1: Make disabled children a priority

Provide ministerial leadership to ensure a cross-departmental approach to improving outcomes for disabled children and their families.

Step 2: Review current funding

Review funding of short breaks provision for disabled children and families.

Step 3: Clarify existing rights

Clarify current rights and entitlements by co-producing with families guidance for local agencies on their existing statutory obligations.

Step 4: Create a Fund

Improve health and social care services for disabled children by providing an early intervention and family resilience fund.

Step 5: Change the system

Review of health and social care law, to strengthen and clarify rights and entitlements for disabled children and their families.

How you can help

You can take action on the second step right now!

Sign our petition calling for a review of short breaks funding

Join our Secret Life of US campaign

We know that 43 per cent of the British public don't know anyone who is disabled. 97 per cent of parents with a disabled children do not believe the public understands the challenges they face every day.

Our campaign, the Secret Life of Us, aims to change this. 

Watch our film on Toby's and Millie's Secret Life.

Read about the Secret Life of Rishi.

By doing this, we hope to open the eyes of the public to the difficulties faced by families on a day-to-day basis, removing the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children.

Through this, we can create greater understanding, affinity and empathy for affected families.

Because without awareness and understanding, we cannot achieve real change.

But, with increased awareness and public support we can make a real difference.


Who's in the DCP?

Members Steering Group

  • Action for Children
  • Contact (Chair)
  • Royal Mencap Society (Secretariat)
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Children's Bureau
  • Sense 
  • Scope
  • The Children's Trust
  • The Family Fund
  • Together for Short Lives
  • Well Child

Supporters include:

  • British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Carers UK
  • Whizz Kids

For the full list, visit the Disabled Children's Partnership website.