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Have your say on child disability services proposals

A consultation has been launched on measures to improve life for many of the children and families in Swansea who are impacted by disability.

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Swansea Council wants to hear the views of people of all ages on a range of options for giving better opportunities for play provision, home care, and other support as well as giving parents a stronger voice in decision making.

It follows a review of Child Disability services which has been looking at how services meet peoples' needs and what changes could ensure the right support is delivered at the right time and in the right place.

A range of initial options have emerged from discussions with parent representatives, staff, partner departments, and other organisations.

Cllr Christine Richards, Swansea Council's Cabinet member for Services for Children and Young People, said: "We've launched this consultation to make sure we are taking the right steps to meet the needs of children and young people and their families now and in the future.

"We have been reviewing existing services because we need to make sure we tackle shortages in early help, improve what's on offer overall to prevent crisis happening and give young people the best possible start in life.

"We also recognise that children with disabilities, just like all other children, want to be able to play, socialise and have fun and want to enable them to do just that."

She added: "The views we receive to our consultation will all count and we hope people will take part.

"We will also be organising engagement sessions to enable children and young people and parents, especially those impacted by disability, to have their say too."

The Consultation on the options started February 27 and will run to May 22nd. Go to http://www.swansea.gov.uk/childdisabilityconsultation  to find out more and take part.

The new options include developing a grant scheme to give many parents and carers greater choice and control.

The aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of children by allowing them to enjoy their right to play, to socialise, to exercise and have fun.

The Council is also looking at ways parents and carers can get information, advice and support and can have a say in how services are developed.

Options are also being put forward to redesign home support to help more families.

Further service improvement options which will benefit these children and their families will come out of other reviews and projects under discussion.

Around six per cent of children and young people in Swansea have a disability or impairment that limits their day-to-day activities. 

They and their families are potentially vulnerable, have complex needs and are at higher risk of social isolation and economic disadvantage. 

The review into Child Disability is part of Swansea Council's Sustainable Swansea Fit for the Future programme which aims to modernise the council to provide the services residents of all ages need not just today, but in the future too.


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