Is your MP a Disabled Children’s Champion?

The Disabled Children’s Partnership is calling for MPs and Peers from all parties to show their support for disabled children and families across the country by publicly signing up to become a ‘Disabled Children’s Champion’ – backing our #LeftInLockdown campaign for targeted COVID-19 recovery policies for the whole family.  

Can you sign up your MP? 

Disabled children and their families are being #LeftInLockdown and shut out of the public conversation on COVID-19 recovery. Our research shows that half of children still can’t access life-changing therapies that they need to manage their conditions, like physio or speech and language. Three quarters of disabled children are still socially isolated, despite lockdown easements. Parents aren’t getting respite. We can’t let families be left behind. 

Every MP has a responsibility to stand-up for those in our society that are facing the worst injustices. Every MP has disabled children in their constituency. Every MP should be a champion for them. 

Before becoming a champion, parliamentarians will need to read and sign-up to the following commitment:

I commit to supporting disabled children, young people and families in Westminster as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Research from the Disabled Children’s Partnership clearly shows that they have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic as health services, therapies, respite care and other services have been inevitably interrupted by the virus and its restrictions.

As the Government implements policies to help the country recover from the pandemic, disabled children should be actively included in the conversation. We need a COVID-19 recovery plan for disabled children and families that provides support for burnt out families who feel more isolated than ever, and restores vital therapies and health services to aid children’s development and help them recover both physically and emotionally.

If you are a parliamentarian that wants to sign-up, please email us on disabledchildrens.partnership@mencap.org.uk.

Here is the full list of MPs and Peers that have backed our calls for recovery policies for disabled children and became a champion so far: 

 

Afzal Khan MP

Andrew Mitchell MP 

Andy Carter MP

Alan Brown MP

Alan Whitehead MP

Alexander Stafford MP

Alex Cunningham MP

Bambos Charalambous MP

Barbara Keeley MP 

Baroness Bertin

Baroness Brinton 

Baroness Lister

Baroness Ritchie

Baroness Uddin

Barry Sheerman MP

Bill Esterson MP

Caroline Ansell MP

Caroline Lucas MP 

Cat Smith MP

Christine Jardine MP

Clive Betts MP

Daisy Cooper MP

Damian Hinds MP

Dan Carden MP

Debbie Abrahams MP

Derek Twigg MP

Desmond Swayne MP

Diana Johnson MP

Douglas Chapman MP

Ed Davey MP 

Elliot Colburn MP 

Emma Hardy MP 

Fleur Anderson MP

George Howarth MP 

Grahame Morris MP 

Graham Stringer MP

Helen Hayes MP

Henry Smith MP

Huw Merriman MP

James Davies MP

John Hayes MP

John McNally MP

Joy Morrissey MP

Karen Buck MP

Karin Smyth MP

Kate Osborne MP

Kerry McCarthy MP

Kim Johnson MP 

Kirsty Blackman MP

Lisa Cameron MP 

Liz Twist MP 

Lord Touhig 

Lord Wigley

Maria Miller MP

Marion Fellows MP

Marsha de Cordova MP

Mary Foy MP 

Mohammad Yasin MP

Mick Whitley MP

Mike Penning MP

Miriam Cates MP

Munira Wilson MP

Olivia Blake MP

Ian Lavery MP

Paula Barker MP

Philippa Whitford MP

Rachael Maskell MP

Rachel Hopkins MP

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Rosie Cooper MP

Rushanara Ali MP 

Sally-Ann Hart MP

Selaine Saxby MP

Sarah Champion MP

Sarah Olney MP

Simon Jupp MP

Stephen Hammond MP

Stephen Timms MP 

Steve Brine MP

Siobhan Baillie MP

Siobhain McDonagh MP

Tim Loughton MP

Tony Lloyd MP 

Vicky Foxcroft MP

Virendra Sharma MP

Virginia Crosbie MP

Wera Hobhouse MP 

William Wragg MP