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Short breaks petition delivered to Number 10 Downing Street

Thank you to everyone who signed our short breaks petition.  On 19 April, parents and members of the DCP delivered the petition to number 10 Downing Street.  We await the Government’s response.

High court victory for Nascot Lawn respite care families

On 21 February, the High Court ruled that the decision by Herts Valleys Clinical Commission Group (CCG) to close the Nascot Lawn respite centre was unlawful, following a legal challenge by families who use the service.  This important case means that the centre will not now close in May as had been planned, and the CCG must consult with Hertfordshire local authority over its plans.  The ruling has important implications across the country, and underlines the need for the Government to review the funding and availability of short break services.

Two respite centres to close in Hampshire

Despite parent opposition, Hampshire County Council formally recommended the closure of the centres in Aldershot and Winchester, which provide care to 35 disabled children with the most complex needs in the area.

What are short breaks?

Step two of our Five Step Plan calls on the government to ‘Review funding of short breaks provision for disabled children and families’. But what do we mean when we talk about short breaks?

Five steps to address the health and social care crisis for disabled children

We’re launching the next phase of the #SecretLifeofUs campaign with a five step plan to address the growing crisis in health and social care for disabled children. We want the Government to take steps to ensure health and social care services work for disabled children and their families.