Children and families

Mum and Dad play with child at home

We’ve made a lot of progress. But more needs to be done.

More than half a million UK families face a daily challenge to get support for their disabled child. The current lack of local services and respite care makes it much harder than it needs to be. More than six in ten parents can't get the services they need in their local area and are fighting long, tough battles to find them elsewhere.

Getting the right support for your child

If you aren't receiving the right services or support for you and your family there are some simple things you can do to sort it out:

Contact your local council

You can find information about your local council's Children's Disability Team on their website. You can also give them a call if you'd like to speak to someone directly. How your local council can help.

Contact your local councillor

Your councillor is your elected representative on the local council and should be your first port of call if you have any problems. You can find out who your local councillor is by searching with your postcode. Our guide to writing to your councillor gives some useful tips.

Contact your local MP

Your MP is your representative in Parliament and might be able to help if you're having trouble getting the support you need. Most MPs have a constituency office which can give you advice on the best way to contact your MP. Have a look at our guides on how to contact your MP or how to meet you MP in person.

Start your own campaign

If you're getting heard or want to do something bigger to campaign for better services in your local area, have a look at our campaigns toolkit for helpful tips on how to get started. We know it's a difficult process but don't give up.

Grace says:

Women playing in park with her son

“At times, I was driving almost 400 miles a week just to get my kids to school and therapy. That meant up to four hours in the car a day. I had no life at all.

I’m exhausted; and my children are missing out on quality family time. I think it’s about time the public sector invested in providing good-quality local services for everyone, especially disabled children.”

Grace, London