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Children: Disabled

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve the standard of assistance provided by the NHS to parents of disabled children. (241344)

The service transformation programme ‘Aiming High for disabled children’ (AHDC) sets out clear expectations for improving choice, access and continuity of care, and seeks to place disabled children’s services at the centre of local children’s service provision. Supported by substantial new funding and measures designed to make the system work better, the AHDC programme aims to deliver access and empowerment for disabled children and families, responsive services and timely support, and improved service quality and capacity. The AHDC programme will provide assistance to parents through a variety of new initiatives—from a full service ‘core offer’, to parents forums and new performance management arrangements that will hold local authorities and primary care trusts to account for the services they provide to families. By 2011, parents of disabled children and young people should be able to report a more favourable experience of these services.