Council for Disabled Children

United for disabled children

About the Council for Disabled Children

Our vision is a society in which disabled children and young people’s rights are respected, their aspirations supported and life chances are assured.

We want disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to have full and happy childhoods, to fulfil their potential, and be active within the community. And we want parents of disabled children to be parents first - living ordinary lives.

Who we are

We are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector with a membership of over 300 voluntary and community organisations and an active network of practitioners that spans education, health and social care.

As a membership body we provide a collective voice that champions the rights of children, young people and their families and challenges barriers to inclusion.

As a collective we believe that the views of disabled children and young people are vital to the development of an inclusive society and that they have the right to be heard and actively participate in decisions that affect them.

We believe that every child and young person should enjoy the same rights and opportunities and that every aspect of society should be fully inclusive to disabled children and young people.

How we do it

Our aim is to see a fully-inclusive society where disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs can lead full and happy childhoods and rewarding adult lives.

We do this by working with the sector to find out what is and isn’t working on the ground and use what we learn to influence policy and improve practice.

We share the knowledge we gain with sector leaders and front-line practitioners, working in partnership to capitalise on opportunities, find solutions and co-ordinate collective action.

We represent the sector’s position at the national level by working with government, local agencies and public bodies to challenge and champion policy and practice.

We believe that by sharing what we learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge we can make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.