Parents ‘struggle’ to find holiday care for learning disabled children

The BBC is reporting that parents of children with learning disabilities are being pushed “to breaking point” by a lack of support during the holidays, Mencap says.

In a survey of 316 parents, 56% told Mencap they struggled to access short breaks and respite services.

Almost half of the parents surveyed also said they found it difficult to access daily childcare during the summer months.

Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said: “For many parents of children with a learning disability this means nonstop care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week…. Having accessible and suitable childcare on offer can be a lifeline for many families.”

“It is unacceptable that, despite obligations, yet again local authorities are still not doing enough to help families who are being pushed into moments of crisis. This needs to change.”

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “We are doing more than ever before to support families with childcare so they can balance work with their family lives – including those whose children have additional needs.”

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  1. haggarty_claire

    SchoolsImprove This is a big issue. I wud guess tht most ppl equipped w/ the skills 2do this, work in the education system &value the rest

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