#VoteSEND - Make disabled children a priority in the General Election

Email to election candidates: 

The crisis in support for disabled children is undeniable: only 4% of parents feeling they get the right support to safely care for their disabled children.  From the grassroots to national voices, there is agreement that disabled children and their families are being failed across the country.

So I’m asking you, how will you help families like mine if you were elected to Parliament?

On average there are around 1,700 disabled children in each constituency.  Those children have parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other adults who care about them.  All of those adults will be voting in the General Election on 12 December.

So, it makes sense to prioritise disabled children and their families.

Recent reports from the National Audit Office, Ofsted, the Local Government Ombudsman, and the Education Select Committee have shown system-wide failings in the support available for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).The Disabled Children’s Partnership’s recent survey of nearly 3,500 parents, revealed the impact a lack of support has on families’ lives:

- A third say their disabled child has been in unnecessary extra pain because the right equipment, doctor or health service hasn't been available.

- More than a third say their disabled child has missed school or college

- Half have been forced to give up a paid job to care for their disabled child.

Show your support for disabled children by using the #VoteSEND on your social channels and commit to being a champion for disabled children in Parliament if you are elected.