Welcome to the Disability Toolkit
Looking for fresh and innovative ideas to work with young people? Want to know about policy changes that concern you without rooting through reams of paper? Then this website is for you.
The Children’s Society has created the Disability Toolkit so that you can share your experiences of working with young people and your knowledge of resources with others working in the same field. Also the Disability Advocacy Project brings you a practical, professional guide to participation.
There are loads of simple ideas here and lots of free downloadable resources that can help young people to participate in making decisions about their lives.
The Children’s Society’s Sexual Health for Disabled Children and Young People project has been awarded funding from the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Service Development Fund. Check out our new section on Sex and Relationships, offering information on policy, research and resources.
The website is an ever-evolving resource; your suggestions and ideas are what make it. Please keep them coming. You can also keep in touch by signing up for our quarterly newsletter.
The Disability Toolkit is currently supported by the Department of Health.
About the Disability Toolkit
The Disability Toolkit contains:
- Details of free practical resources produced by different organisations and individuals working with disabled children and young people.
- Information about where to access other resources that parents and professionals have found useful in their work with disabled young people.
- Examples of best practice in supporting disabled children and young people to voice their opinions.
- A facility for you to share your experience and practice with others who visit this website.
- Up-to-date information about relevant policy and research.
- Disabled children and young people's stories.
- The option to sign up updates by email.
Why use the Disability Toolkit?
All children and young people have the basic right to be involved in making decisions about their lives, from what they want for breakfast to who they want to support them or what school they’d like to go to. Their opinions can also be used to help to develop the services they receive.
It is the responsibility of all people who support disabled children and young people to ensure that they have this rights upheld. The Disability Toolkit aims to help you make this happen.
Who should use the Disability Toolkit?
Anyone and everyone who works with or supports disabled children and young people.
The Children's Society is a leading children's charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. One of our key priorities is to ensure that disabled children and young people are given a voice about decisions that affect them, now and in the future. Our practitioners have specific expertise in consulting with disabled children and young people and their families on a broad range of issues.
Current trainings available:
Free sex and relationships training for professionals working with disabled young people on sex and relationships.
I Want To Be Involved: The Children’s Society’s Disability Advocacy Project is offering a one day practical training course to professionals working with disabled children and young people. The training aims to enhance practitioner’s skills in involving disabled children in reviews and planning meetings.