Families with disabled children

We help disabled children and young people gain confidence and independence. We’re there for families when they need us

A disabled child should have the same opportunities as any other child. But caring for a disabled child or young person can be challenging. Even the most experienced parents and carers need someone to turn to for help and advice.

The tailored support we offer helps families cope – and gives disabled children a chance to thrive. Last year, we helped more than 22,000 disabled children, young people and their families with our specialist services.

Emotionally it was a lot to take on. Getting out to Action for Children sessions helped normalise things. The support workers feel like family.

Kausar, mum to three children with additional needs

Short breaks for children

Action for Children’s short breaks services offer lots of activities and opportunities. These could be in the community, or a residential or foster home. They're a way for disabled children to have fun and develop their independence. They give them a chance to try new things and make friends.

Short breaks and outings give parents and siblings time to recharge, too. They’re a lifeline for families who feel overwhelmed or overcome by the challenges.

Dedicated support

We provide a key worker to support disabled children and their families. They work with the family to make sure the young person’s opinions get heard. If they need it, we can speak on their behalf.

The key worker will help children and young people build the confidence to lead their own lives. This includes teaching or helping with life skills, friendships, community activities and getting around.

For those with more complex needs, it may be about celebrating the small steps. We support young people to reach their full potential, whatever that may be.

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Getting the right help

It can be hard for families to know where to look for the help. We help families find the support they need in their area. We do this with disabled children and young people, so they get to say what works for them too.

Our work doesn’t stop there. We empower parents and carers to take part in forums where they can share their views and help improve local services for all disabled children.