Support for parents and carers of disabled children
Independent Support have created 17 template letters to assist professionals and families in writing letters to address issues they maybe be experiencing.
They include a request for an Education, Health and Care Assessment, request for Direct Payments and how to complain when there is a lack of provision.
If you have a child in hospital and your DLA is stopped or taken away Contact a Family have created a template review letter for parent to use asking for their child's DLA payments to be reinstated.
There is also a short guide to completing the review letter. Both can be downloaded from the Resources section of their website.
Best Interest Decisions
A new tool has been produced to help ensure families are involved in "Best Interest Decisions".
Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have worked with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors to create a useful resource highlighting the rights of families under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
This free tool includes a downloadable leaflet and two template letters.
It aims to support parents who are concerned that they are not being properly consulted about decisions that social care or health professionals are making about their son or daughter from the age of 18.
These may be decisions about where the person lives, what care they are getting, how they spend their time, or medical treatment.
Contact a Family has produced two template letters to help families with disabled children challenge the bedroom tax.
- Letter for those in Social Housing
- Letter for those renting in the private sector.
Both can be downloaded from here.
Health and Social Care Law
The solicitors Irwin Mitchell have produced a number of template letters and guidance information that can be downloaded from their website. They include:
- Challenging a refusal to assess your disabled child for specialist services
- Rights to NHS Funded Treatment - Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
- Request for S47 Assessment of Needs
- Request to consider eligibility for Community Care Support
Contact a Family have produced a group action guide to "Writing a Press Release and Speaking to the Media" for local and national support groups in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
The guide contains a sample press release.