Health and Wellbeing Boards Charter for Disabled Children

We are working in partnership with the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign to ensure the needs of disabled children are given high priority by local Health and Wellbeing Boards. We have developed a Disabled Children's Charter and are urging all Health and Wellbeing Boards to sign up. On 25th April 2015, The Children's Trust and Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) launched a Disabled Children's Charter for Health and Wellbeing Boards and we're encouraging our supporters to get involved and make a difference. Health and Wellbeing Boards are important new local bodies that play a key role in the health system which came into force in England on 1st April. They bring together leaders from across health and social care to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. This gives them the opportunity to help improve outcomes for disabled children. Download the full the report Our Charter has been developed to support Health and Wellbeing Boards in meeting their responsibilities towards disabled children, young people and their families, including children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and health conditions. Supporters of The Children's Trust and EDCM are being encouraged to write to their local Health and Wellbeing Board encouraging them to sign the Charter. Meeting the needs of these children and young people will represent a crucial test for the new health system, because they require exactly the kind of joined-up approach promised by the health reforms. If Health and Wellbeing Boards can deliver for disabled children and young people, they can deliver for all children and young people and make a positive impact throughout their lives. Signatories will be asked to provide evidence of how they have met each of the seven commitments a year after signing the Charter. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children's Trust, said:
"The advent of the new health system is a major opportunity to address some of the most enduring challenges faced by disabled children, young people and their families in accessing the support they need. We hope for a positive reaction to our Charter." Christine Lenehan, EDCM Board Member, said:
"Disabled children and young people represent a crucial test for the new health system. As a group that experiences huge health inequalities and frequently requires support from multiple services across numerous agencies, meeting their needs requires exactly the kind of joined-up approach promised by the health reforms. By signing the Disabled Children's Charter and delivering its commitments, Health and Wellbeing Boards can be confident that they are meeting their responsibilities towards disabled children and young people." If you are interested in campaigning with us please contact 

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