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Pledge to Support Disabled Children, 29/04/10

Children in Wales is calling on candidates standing in next month’s general election to sign up to a pledge to support disabled children. Through the pledge candidates agree to:

  1. Meet with disabled children, young people and their families to discuss key issues of concern to them
  2. Raise these issues of concern, and promote rights and resources for disabled children, young people and families from my constituency in Parliament
  3. Visit local services for disabled children and their families on a regular basis
  4. Support measures to improve services for disabled children and their families
  5. Find out how funding is being used in my constituency to improve services for disabled children, young people and their families

The pledge was developed by the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign in England and distributed in Wales several weeks ago by the Disabled Children Matter Wales campaign.  Since then a number of candidates in Wales have signed up to the pledge but many still have not.

Catherine Lewis, Development Officer for Disabled Children at Children in Wales said that “We are asking candidates to consider what they can do as a prospective MP for disabled children and their families in their constituency. Although some issues relevant to disabled children such as health and education are devolved to the National Assembly of Wales, other issues such as welfare benefit provision and employment law are still the responsibility of Westminster”

 Nicki Shercliff, a young disabled person who supports the Disabled Children Matter Wales campaign said “it is very important that MPs meet disabled children and their families so that when they devise legislation they have an understanding of their needs.”            

Notes

1. Further details about the pledge and a list of candidates who have signed up to it is available on the Every Disabled Child Matters website: http://www.ncb.org.uk/edcm/constituency_pledge.aspx

2.  Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk . Children in Wales was established in March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993.  It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, children with special needs or disabilities, and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.  We collect and disseminate information about children and promote good practice in children’s services through research, policy and practice development, publications, conferences, seminars, training and access to an extensive library and information service.  Children in Wales has offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon.

3. The Disabled Children Matter Wales campaign believes that disabled children and young people in Wales should have:

  • The right information at the right time
  • A real choice of quality education
  • The health services they need to lead an ordinary life
  • Full access to play and leisure activities
  • A real say in planning the services they receive
  • Full access to community facilities
  • Enough money to live on 

The DCMW campaign is led by 10 organisations working with disabled children and young people in Wales. These are: Action for Children, Barnardo’s Cymru, Children in Wales, Contact a Family, Cerebra, Family Fund, Learning Disability Wales, NDCS Cymru, Mencap Cymru and Scope Cymru.  More information about the campaign is available on the website: www.dcmw.org.uk

4. For further information regarding this press release contact: Cath Lewis, Development Officer

   E-mail: catherine.lewis@childreninwales.org.uk

   Tel: 029 20342434