As a charity dedicated to championing the rights of people with Cerebral Palsy, we are passionate about ensuring children in our community have equal access to education and opportunities to thrive in the classroom.
We recently had the opportunity to submit evidence to the APPG regarding EHCPs for children with cerebral palsy and best practices in teaching and learning for children with Cerebral Palsy.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cerebral Palsy is a forum for Parliamentarians to better understand the challenges faced by people with Cerebral Palsy and their families.
In this submission, we outlined how we believe it is crucial that parents have access to the appropriate professionals when drawing up their child’s EHCP, and that their children are assessed in-person by those professionals. Most vitally, we believe they must have skillsets and knowledge informed by Cerebral Palsy awareness, taking into account the ever-changing nature of Cerebral Palsy as children age. This means professionals must be appropriately experienced in understanding the needs of children, teenagers and young people with Cerebral Palsy up to 25 years of age.
We want to ensure there is a collaborative attitude between organisations when supporting children and their families. We want local authorities, appropriate professionals and parents to work closely together to become Cerebral Palsy-aware across the board. With the ongoing assistance and support of charities like us, school layouts can be improved for accessibility, essential equipment can be recommended throughout the changes in children’s conditions and training could be provided for relevant staff to ensure they are more Cerebral Palsy aware.
Submissions like this provide much-needed insight and evidence that can be used to shape key recommendations for reform for the Government to consider and we are pleased to provide our insight and findings to help pursue better support for children with Cerebral Palsy as they develop and grow.
The secretariat and sponsor for the APPG on CP is Action CP, who you can visit here.
To find out more about the AAPG and their actions here.
You can also read our full submission here.