In May, the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) reached out to
over 4,000 families of disabled children to ask how they had been
impacted by the lockdown. A report has now published with what they
were told by the families which overwhelmingly shows that they felt
locked out and abandoned by Government and by society, and are
fearful for their own physical and mental health.
They told DCP that in 76% of cases, the vital care and support
they relied on had stopped altogether, leaving parents and young
siblings taking on all care responsibilities around the clock.
The top 3 concerns expressed are: the impact on children's
behaviour and mental health; impact of children's friendships and
managing home schooling; and what will happen if parents contract
Key headlines include:
86% of parents say that lockdown has had a negative impact on
their disabled children's learning and communication.
44% say that because of lockdown they have not sought necessary
medical health for their disabled children, and nearly half (45%)
say their children's physical health has declined.
70% of parents whose children were eligible for a school place
had not taken them up as a result of these concerns.
Half of families receiving crucial therapies have seen this
One in five say they will go into debt as a result of the
70% - 80% report worsening emotional and mental health for both
their children and themselves.
Recommendations of the report include: the need of a plan for
re-establishing and expanding care support such as short breaks;
and for the Care review to include a focus on social care support
for disabled children - to support the SEND Review and to address
the wider changes needed.
Have you and your family been locked out and abandoned? You can
share stories by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org