Help to improve and develop services for children and young people with additional needs.
If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person with additional needs and have not already joined the register why don’t you? It is simple and may benefit you and your family.
As services are reviewed and developed it is important that they are done in a way to meet the needs of children and young people. This can only be done with your help.
Local authorities have a duty to have a record or register of disabled children in their area under the Children Act 1989. Our disabled children and young person’s register is Rochdale’s way of doing this.
Signing up for the register is completely voluntary.
If you have a disabled child or young person between birth and 25 you can sign up.
Our local definition of disability is based on the Equality Act 2010 which states that a person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.
Some examples of areas of need would include:
- Communication difficulties
- End of life
- Deaf/hearing impairment
- Learning difficulties
- Multi-sensory impairment
- Physical disability
- Social, emotional & mental health needs
- Visual Impairment
The statistics we will get from the register will be used for planning purposes. The information may be shared with genuine service providers of the council to process the information on our behalf.
We will also be working closely with the NHS in planning future integrated provision and may want to share the information with them.
Registering your child will not affect any services or benefits that you currently receive. It will also not guarantee your child any additional benefits of services.