07 January 2009
Director of the Council for Disabled Children
(CDC), Christine Lenehan has been appointed Officer of the Order of
the British Empire (OBE) for her work with disabled children and
their families for over thirty years. As director of CDC and board
member of the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign,
Christine has been at the vanguard of her field - raising the
policy profile of disabled children and young people.
Christine said: 'This is an honour and a tribute not only to me
but also to my colleagues that have ceaselessly fought to get and
keep disabled children and young people on the agenda.'
Paul Ennals, Director of NCB, said the award was a testimony to
Christine's 'hard work and complete dedication to raising the
standards of services for disabled children, young people and their
Christine has worked as a social worker in residential and
fieldwork settings and for voluntary and statutory agencies.
Christine was a member of the expert working group on the
Children's National Service Framework module on disabled children
and was responsible for the development of its consultation
programme. She was also on the advisory group for the publication
Improving the life chances of disabled people, issued by the Prime
Ministers Strategy Unit in January 2005.
Christine currently hold several strategic roles including being
a member of the Stakeholders Group looking at implementing Every
Child Matters, the Ministerial Implementation Group for
Implementing Aiming High for Disabled Children and the Programme
Board overseeing Aiming High for Disabled Children.
For more information on this release contact: Vivienne Nwabuzo,
CDC Communications Officer. Telephone: 07811 222 794 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) provides a
national forum for the discussion and development of policy and
practice issues related to services and support for disabled
children and young people and those with special educational needs.
CDC is based at the National Children's Bureau. For further
information on CDC's work, please visit www.ncb.org.uk/cdc
2. Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is a campaign by four
organisations working with disabled children and their families:
Contact a Family, Council for Disabled Children, Mencap and the
Special Educational Consortium. It is a three-year campaign funded
by a grant from the True Colours Trust, a Sainsbury's family trust.
3. NCB's mission is to advance the well-being of all children
and young people across every aspect of their lives. As a
membership and infrastructure support agency for the children's
sector in England and Northern Ireland, NCB provides essential
information on policy, research and best practice for our members
and the members of our wide range of partnership bodies which
operate under our charitable status and are based in our London
headquarters. For further information visit www.ncb.org.uk