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Enabling Potential - Achieving a New Deal for Children with Cerebral palsy

Parliamentary Inquiry into children with cerebral palsy shows earlier diagnosis and intervention can improve potential AND reduce dependence on the State.

A Parliamentary inquiry into cerebral palsy has found:

Approximately 30,000 children in the UK have cerebral palsy, which is the most common form of childhood disability. 

Earlier diagnosis and intervention and the resulting improved outcomes is crucial not only for the child, but also for wider society. 

Localism is often the enemy of consistent good practice. 

Therapeutic resources in the UK are significantly lower than elsewhere. 

There is a lack of understanding of cerebral palsy and its effects amongst health generalists and educationalists

Families continue to struggle to gain appropriate levels of support and are spending unnecessary time in the courts fighting for the right provision for their child at considerable expense to themselves and local authorities

There is a clear need for a national strategy to drive forward change.

Read and download the full report


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