DCP Campaign - Left Behind Report & Public Letter to the Chancellor

16 July 2021

As part of its ongoing research partnership with Pears Foundation, the DCP (Disabled Children's Partnership) surveyed roughly 300 parents / carers in June 2021 in our final survey as part of the series. The findings reveal that whilst the rest of the population has been able to enjoy additional freedoms as pandemic restrictions have eased, disabled children and their families are struggling to heal the pandemic and remain cut off from the rest of society. 

In addition, the DCP has also released the results from a series of Freedom of Information requests they sent to every local authority in England and over 200 health trusts, asking about the waiting times for vital disabled children’s health and care services, such as Education, Health and Care Plan assessments, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.  

Read the report here

The DCP are using the release of the above research to not only press home the urgent need for immediate recovery policies for disabled children, young people and families (their #LeftInLockdown campaign), but also as a hook to revitalise their #GiveItBack messages calling for the pre-pandemic funding gap in disabled children’s health and care services to be filled – in addition to the creation of a Disabled Children’s Innovation Fund. They are therefore calling on the Treasury to fund these policies to build a better future for disabled children and families, to which you can add your voice through the link below.

Sign the open letter