Every Disabled Child Matters, in association with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, has today (Thursday 8th September) launched a template letter to help families with disabled children to gain an assessment for social care services.
This letter is intended to help parents who have been told that their council will not assess their disabled child in relation to short breaks or any other specialist social care service.
The law says that councils must assess every child who is or may be a child ‘in need’. Children are ‘in need’ if they are ‘disabled’. Therefore, it is unlawful for a local authority to refuse an assessment for a disabled child.