New coalition announced to push for improved services for disabled children and their families

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is pleased to be part of a new coalition of charities, the Disabled Children’s Partnership, launched today 17 March.

Together the coalition is seeking to improve the support available for families with disabled children including those with life threatening or terminal illnesses.

The new coalition, which comprises of 28 charities, has formed as new research reveals a staggering 69% of families receive no support caring for their disabled child beyond their own close friends or family. At the same time, recent figures estimate that £3.2bn was cut from a range of children’s early social care and welfare services between 2010 and 2015, leaving service and provision severely lacking.

The charities, including Contact a Family, Sense, CLIC Sargent, The National Autistic Society and Mencap, as well as Rainbow Trust and Together for Short Lives, have come together in the shared belief that health and social care services for disabled children, young people and families can and must be better.

Zillah Bingley, Chief Executive of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, said:

‘We are delighted to be part of a group of charities who are working together to ensure the health and social care system is fit for purpose. At a time of great pressure on the finances of the health and social care system, it is vital that we join forces to secure changes that will enable all families with seriously ill children to get the support that they need.’