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S5W-13878: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how the National Framework for Families with Disabled Children and Young People will support parents in (a) accessing services and (b) tackling loneliness and social isolation.

Answered by: Maree Todd 26 January 2018

(a) The Framework was developed to address ambitious outcomes for the families of disabled children and young people, the second being: “Access to support and services will be easier and more efficient as families are more aware of what their entitlements are and what support is available to them.” The Framework will signpost to a variety of entitlements and support underpinned by a holistic definition of needs which goes beyond medical or financial support. The Framework seeks to improve access through empowering families with the knowledge of entitlements, where to find more local information, and how to seek advocacy when they feel that their rights are not being realised.

(b) Social isolation and loneliness can affect anyone at any age or stage of their life and parents of children and young people with disabilities are at particular risk. We recognise the important role that many support services and organisations play in linking families of disabled children and providing valuable community networks. By improving awareness of, and access to, these services the Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families Framework will seek to reduce social isolation for disabled children, young people and their families.