Give It Back

The Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP), formed and chaired by Contact.  It is campaigning to make disabled children a priority with Government, for more funding and better entitlements in the law. 

in partnership with the Sun newspaper, is calling on the Government to give back the £434 million of support owed to disabled children and their families.

Thank you to the more than 21,000 people who signed Vickey's #GiveItBack open letter to the Chancellor. Vickey receives no support caring for her son, Ollie, even though he has an ultra-rare condition that means he needs constant supervision and can never be left alone.

On 25 October, Vickey and Ollie delivered the letter to the Chancellor at Downing Street.  

It's not too late to add your name - the more people who  sign, the more chance the government will act.

We have produce a powerful film that highlights harsh reality for families when they don't have the right support in place.

Please watch the film.


What families have told us

The campaign is based on what families tell us. The shocking results of research conducted in 2019 with more than 3000 parent carers reveals that only  4 per cent feel they get the right support to safely care for their disabled children.

The full impact that a lack of services have on families with disabled children, is reveal in our survey results.

Read more about the secret lives of families, in our series of parent blogs

More about the DCP

Our CEO Amanda Batten formed and now chairs the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP), a growing coalition of more than 70 charities. In 2017, we launched the Secret Life of Us campaign to raise awareness of the challenges families with disabled children face that most people of simply unaware of.

In 2018, we published economic research showing a £1.5 billion funding gap for services needed by disabled children. You can read our research paper  here.

In June 2019, we launched the Give it Back campaign in partnership with the Sun newspaper calling on the government to give back the £434 million of support owed to disabled children and their families.

What we want 

Pillar 1: Make disabled children and their families a priority 

The government should appoint a Minister for Disabled Children to champion disabled children's rights and policy across all  departments. With the role comes clear responsibility and accountability to make sure support and funding is in place. This arrangement should also be mirrored in local areas.

Pillar 2: Clarify rights and review the law

The government must work with parents to improve guidance on the current system of support for disabled children - so that it is easier for them to know their rights - and introduce reforms to make the system simpler, and rights and responsibilities clearer across health, social care and education.

Improve health and social care services for disabled children by providing an early intervention and family resilience fund.

Pillar 3: Address funding shortfalls and create an innovation fund

The government must plug the £1.5 billion funding gap across health and social care support for disabled children and introduce a new innovation fund. The fund would encourage and support new approaches to joining-up services and budgets with a clear focus on early intervention for the whole family.

How you can help

Add you name to Vickey's letter to the Chancellor asking him to give back the £434 million of support owed to disabled children 

Thank you to the 21,000 supporters that have already signed the letter. 

Please get in touch your local short break (respite) service is at risk to due funding cuts.  Email

Sign up to get involved and help us fight to make this change.

About the Secret Life of US campaign

We know that 43 per cent of the British public don't know anyone who is disabled. 97 per cent of parents with a disabled children do not believe the public understands the challenges they face every day.

Our campaign, the Secret Life of Us, aims to change this.

Watch our film on Toby's and Millie's Secret Life.

Read about the Secret Life of Rishi.

By doing this, we hope to open the eyes of the public to the difficulties faced by families on a day-to-day basis, removing the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children.

Who's in the DCP?

Members Steering Group

  • Action for Children
  • Contact (Chair)
  • Royal Mencap Society (Secretariat)
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Children's Bureau
  • Sense
  • Scope
  • The Children's Trust
  • The Family Fund
  • Together for Short Lives
  • Well Child

Supporters include:

  • British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Carers UK
  • Whizz Kids

For the full list, visit the Disabled Children's Partnership website.