Disability Advocacy Programme (DAP)
Acting programme manager: Rebecca Marshall
Established in 2000, the Disability Advocacy Programme works as a professional partner to local authorities, supporting disabled children and young people who have complex communication needs and impairments. We offer a full package of services:
- The Disability Toolkit has over 200 resources to support practitioners to involve and support disabled young people.
- Independent advocacy – we provide advocacy to disabled young people, most of whom are placed out of borough.
- I Want to be Involved Training – this training is designed for professionals working with disabled children and young people and provides creative approaches, methods, resources and guidance for involving disabled young people in meetings.
- Independent Travel Training and Travel Buddy Service - this service provides travel training and buddying to students aged 10-19 who have a Statement of SEN, so that they are accompanied and trained whilst travelling between home and school using public transport. The aim is to help them become independent travellers to and from school.
- Department of Health Sex and Relationships Project - training for professionals, raising awareness and supporting the delivery of sex and relationships education with disabled children and young people. The project includes an Advisory Group, which directs the work of the project through group sessions and consultation, and is involved in the production of resources to support the training.