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Children’s social care debated in Parliament

Friday 18th January 2019

Yesterday, there was a passionate and lively debate in Parliament about children's social care. MPs from across the house raised important points about how access to social care varies across the country and about the levels of funding for vital services such as children's mental health and short break services.

Several MPs raised important points about the declining access to social care for disabled children. The research conducted by Disabled Children's Partnership, which found a £1.5 billion funding gap for services for disabled children, was also mentioned.

Karin Lee MP for Lincoln said:

"I have had four parents of disabled children contact my office recently with concerns that underfunded and overstretched services are not providing adequate support. I see that in my postbag all the time."

Laura Smith MP for Crewe and Nantwich when on to say:

"Many disabled children and their families rely on support from social care, such as short breaks, personal care and adaptations to their homes. However, most disabled children receive no regular support from outside their own close family and friends.

"Families cannot access services easily. I have worked with a number of families who are exhausted because of the system. They are run down and on the brink due to the constant battle they face just to get what should be a human right. I have lost count of the number of people who have said to me, 'The thing is, Laura, what about those who simply can't fight or who don't know how to? What happens to them?'"

That's why we are here to help. We have a wealth of information for families about your rights to social care services, including your options if you are refused an assessment or service such as short breaks or if your local area is facing cuts to short breaks services.