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Children: Disabled

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will undertake a public information campaign on the rights of children with disabilities. (287303)

The Government are committed to children's rights, including disabled children's rights, and to making a reality of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the UK. The Government have funded a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the UNCRC such as the development of a curriculum resource for teachers on the UNCRC to be used with key stage 3 pupils. We provide funding to UNICEF for their Rights Respecting Schools initiative. Training related to human rights and the UNCRC is available for a wide range of professionals working with children.

We have also been working closely with the national strategies to develop new and innovative ways of raising awareness of schools' responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. Work so far has included: workshops at conferences that have had a specific focus on schools' duties and we have also hosted an online discussion on the Guardian education website. Ministers have also highlighted the importance of schools' compliance with the disability discrimination legislation in speeches. We are currently discussing with the national strategies what else can be done to further raise awareness of schools' duties.