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New website to support young disabled children and their families, 7/2/11 [W]

The Early Support Programme which provides support to young disabled children and their families has launched its new website.

Early Support Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government mechanism to improve services for disabled children under the age of five and their families.   The Early Support programme provides a range of resources and training which enable those working with disabled children to work together in partnership with the family to ensure the child and family’s requirements are met. The aim is to put parents at the centre of the planning process. The development of the Early Support resources and the training began in England and have now been updated, improved and where necessary adapted to fit the Welsh context.

The website provides access to the Early Support resources, and details of the training provided through the programme.  There is also a range of stories from families with disabled children about their experiences.

Ceri Belli, a parent who has been involved in the Early Support Project said: “It is vital as a parent with a child with additional needs to have access to a support network that is not just available but actually works. To have all the services from different agencies brought together is essential to improve the lives for families such as mine. The quality of the support provided to children and their families with Down’s syndrome and other conditions makes a real difference to their progress throughout life.”

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales said: “I am really excited about the launch of this website.  It will make it much easier for families and professionals all over Wales to find out about the Early Support programme and the services, training and information it can provide to support families with disabled children to get a far more seamless and co-ordinated service.”

The children’s umbrella organisation, Children in Wales is leading the partnership to implement Early Support across Wales.


1.      Visit the Early Support Website at: www.earlysupportwales.org.uk/ href=”http://www.earlysupportwales.org.uk/”>www.earlysupportwales.org.uk

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/ href=”https://www.childreninwales.org.uk/”>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.      For further information regarding this press release contact
Lynne Hill
Children in Wales,
25 Windsor Place,
Tel: 029 2034 2434,
E-mail: Lynne.Hill@childreninwales.org.uk or
Marcia Jones
Tel: 029 2034 2434,