‘Significant cultural change needed’ to recruit disabled foster carers

Campaigners have called for “significant cultural change” in recruiting disabled foster carers after research revealed prejudices may prevent them from taking up the role. Read the full article on...

‘There is a fear that this will eradicate dwarfism’: the controversy over a new growth drug

A new treatment could help children with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, grow taller and avoid health problems in later life. But there are concerns about whether this is ethical. Read the...

Why is there so much more talk about pub opening times than about shielding?

As fears rise over the spread of coronavirus in Britain, it is remarkable how little ministers are talking about the millions of people who are most at risk. Boris Johnson addressed the nation yesterday about...

Category - Disability

One in three areas fail children with special needs

Councils and health organisations in around a third of areas are failing to effectively support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), analysis by Ofsted and health watchdog the Care Quality Commission has...

One in three areas fail children with special needs

Councils and health organisations in around a third of areas are failing to effectively support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), analysis by Ofsted and health watchdog the Care Quality Commission has...

Children’s mental healthcare

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a briefing setting out the support children with mental health needs receive from the NHS in England. Findings include: the overwhelming majority of NHS children’s mental health spending goes...

Schools ‘failing to provide epilepsy support’

A number of schools across England are breaking the law because they do not provide support to children with epilepsy, a charity has warned. Carol Long, chief executive of Young Epilepsy said it is “deeply concerning” that schools are...

Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a...

SEN reform; for better or worse?

In the last twelve months there have been a number of developments in the review of legislation for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).The much-awaited Children and Families Bill has become the 2014 Children and Families...