Despite a range of policy and guidance supporting the participation of disabled children and young people in decision-making processes, the evidence suggests that their participation lags behind that of their non-disabled peers.
Our research objectives centre around promoting the importance of supporting disabled children and young people to be heard on the decisions that affect their lives. In particular, we have undertaken significant pieces of work with those who have more complex communication needs.
The VIPER project: What we found - Full report and other evidence
Someone on our side: Advocacy for disabled children and young people full report executive summary
Independent reviewing officers' communicating with children with complex communication needs: An investigation for DCSF full report executive summary
Disability advocacy project: A review of the work of the all decisions project 2006 - 2008 full report executive summary
Disability equality: Promoting positive attitudes through the teaching of the national curriculum full report executive summary
The ask us about direct payments project: A review of its development, learning and outcome full report executive summary
When will we be heard? Advocacy provision for disabled children and young people in England full report executive summary
Find out how you can help disabled children and young people have a voice by visiting www.disabilitytoolkit.org.uk