The conference will be chaired by Amanda Batten
, Chief Executive, Contact, the charity for families with disabled children
, and Chair, Disabled Children’s Partnership
, and a representative from the FLARE Team
, Council for Disabled Children
“The gap in health and social care services in England today means that families face enormous difficulties in accessing even the most basic support. There simply isn’t awareness of the challenges faced by disabled children, young people and their families.”
Amanda Batten, Chair of the Disabled Children’s Partnership
- Amanda Batten, Chief Executive, Contact, the charity for families with disabled children and Chair, Disabled Children’s Partnership
- Amba Ragbir from FLARE, Council for Disabled Children
- Paul Crawte, Head of Young People’s Strategy, KIDS
- Sarah Goff, Development Manager, Ann Craft Trust and Co-Chair, National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children (NWGSDC)
- Stephen Kingdom, Campaign Manager, Disabled Children’s Partnership
- Janet Leach, Head of Service, Joint Service for Disabled Children, London Borough of Enfield
- David Miller, Development and Impact Manager, NSPCC and Co-Chair, National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children (NWGSDC)
- Kay Moore, Steering Group Member, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)
- Dr Arvind Nagra, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and Clinical Lead for Transition, Southampton Children’s Hospital
- Jane Seymour, Service Manager, SEN and Disabled Children’s Service, West Berkshire Council
- Jacqui Shurlock, Children and Young People Lead, The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
- Isabelle Garnett, Family Carer The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Westminster Insight’s national conference will explore how services for disabled children can be improved against the backdrop of austerity, increasing demand and young people with ever more complex needs.
The number of disabled children in the UK has increased by 33% over the past 10 years to over 1 million. In 2018, the Disabled Children’s Partnership published economic research showing a £1.5 billion funding gap for services needed by disabled children.
Providing services to disabled children, at the point they need it, has the potential to significantly reduce the number of families reaching breaking point and the need for crisis interventions and long-term costs.
Join with colleagues from local authorities, health and the voluntary and community sector to hear national and local perspectives
on how to improve outcomes for disabled young people and families
in your community.
Sessions will include:
- An update from the Disabled Children’s Partnership national campaign for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families
- Latest developments on the national programme to support the strategic participation of young disabled people
- Developing effective partnerships - working together to put the needs of disabled children and young people first
- Empowering parents in decision making at local, regional and national level
- Latest guidance and best practice on how to manage challenging behaviour and safeguarding disabled young people from harm and abuse
- Supporting the transition from children’s to adult’s services