Disabled children and young people

A boy in a wheelchair

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.

Completed projects

The VIPER project: What we foundFull 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

Disability toolkit

Find out how you can help disabled children and young people have a voice by visiting www.disabilitytoolkit.org.uk