Children and young people with a disability and/or complex need in Northern Ireland- A Partnership Approach


Studies have proven that barriers continue to exist in childcare service provision for children with a disability and/or complex needs living in Northern Ireland. The DHSSPS granted approximately £95,600 in 2012/13 under the Small Grants Scheme to contribute towards the cost of specialist equipment or small adaptations to childcare provision with the anticipation that this would facilitate parents to return to work, education and/or training.

The DHSSPS supported Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) to deliver a children’s disability training programme to increase the number of people equipped with the relevant skills and confidence to help care for a child with a disability. The CYPSP subgroup, Child Care Partnerships and DHSSPS are continuing to work to develop services in this area and a partnership working group has now been established to take this forward.

View the DHSSPS presentation
Read more about the CYPSP Regional Subgroup for children and young people with disabilities