Coronavirus: health and wellbeing of disabled children

The Family Fund has published findings from surveys looking at the impact of lockdown on families raising disabled or seriously ill children in the UK and their immediate concerns and needs. Findings from surveys and interviews with 4,517 families include: the availability of informal and formal support for disabled or seriously ill children has reduced during lockdown; the mental health and wellbeing of the majority of disabled or seriously ill children, as well as parent and carers, is being negatively impacted; and the biggest concerns for families are around educating and entertaining their disabled or seriously ill children at home and their children’s health and wellbeing. At the same time the Department for Education (DfE) has announced £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21 for children with special educational needs and disabilities in England, including £10 million committed in response to the difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Written by Finley T.