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Disabled Children's Register

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person with additional needs, you can sign up to our Disability Children's Register.

What is the Disabled Children's Register?

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. Our hope is that this register will be as equally beneficial to our families as it is to us.

What are the benefits of being on the Disability Children's Register?

All families who sign up will receive a ‘Max Card’ (internal link) 

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.

You will also receive relevant information for you and your family. We will only send you information that we think you’ll be interested in, based on the information you provide when you sign up. Your information can be altered or amended at any time and if you decide you no longer want to be on the Disability Children's Register, you can request to be removed at any time.

You’ll be the first to know about all of the new events, activities and services going on throughout the year.

Who can sign up?

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’ effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Some examples of areas of need would include:

  • Autism
  • Communication Difficulties
  • End of Life
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • Physical Disability
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • Visual Impairment

What do I need to do to sign up?

You’ll need to create an Our Rochdale account first or login.  If you already have an account you can register your child.  It is really quick and easy.

If you have any problems or need any help you can contact Rochdale Family Information Service on 01706 719900 or

Who will use the information I give to you?

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.

Find out how we use your personal information in our Privacy Notice

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