Government must appoint a Minister for Disabled Children, says Scope

The government needs to appoint a Minister for Disabled Children and Families to promote the needs of disabled children, offer them and their families more robust support and optimise the effectiveness of policy implementation 

That’s according to disability charity, Scope, who said a new minister wouldchampion issues facing disabled children and their families, bringing together relevant departments and bodies.

The minister would also provide charities, businesses, disabled people’s organisations, disabled families and the public with a focal point within government.

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Scope has launched its Now Is The Time campaign that calls on government to provide leadership on this issue, appoint a new minister and promise families with disabled children more joined-up, robust support.  

Research by the charity has found that the aspirations of the UK’s 1m disabled children and their families are at “serious risk of hitting a brick wall”.

The charity also found only a quarter of adults think that parents of a disabled child can have the same aspirations for their child as parents of non-disabled children.

In response, Anna Bird, director of Policy at Scope, said: “Parents of disabled children are being let down by a system and a society that is working against them not for them. This needs to change.”  

She added: “All parents have hopes, dreams, and aspirations, and want the best for their children. Parents of disabled children are no different. 

“Parents of disabled children are being let down by a system and a society that are working against them not for them.

“Our public services impact the lives of disabled families in many, many different ways – from health, care, and education to financial support and Government campaigns to change attitudes in society. 

“Now is the time for Government to join the dots and appoint a new Minister.  

“The government needs to show families of disabled children they are not alone and appoint a Minister for Disabled Children and Families.”

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