Bolton Council is joining forces with NHS Bolton to sign the Every Disabled Child Matters Local Authority and Primary Care Trust charters.
At 11am today (6/11), Pam Senior from NHS Bolton and Councillor Ebrahim Adia from the council will signal their intent to improve the lives of disabled children and their families across the borough.
Signing the charters strengthens local efforts to ensure that disabled children and their families are best supported to live ordinary lives, that disabled children and their families are fully included in our local communities, and that all disabled children and their families get the right services and support.
Bolton Council and NHS Bolton have decided to sign up to the charters jointly to show the strength of the partnership between the two organisations. They already have specialist services and schools for disabled children judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted Inspections and both organisations are working towards improving how they work with disabled children and their families.
Some of the practical steps that the council will commit to include giving parents and carers accurate and timely information and advice, and making sure that all staff are well trained to work with disabled children.
Disabled children and their families will also be fully involved in both the planning and monitoring of specialist services in Bolton.
For their part, NHS Bolton will commit to comprehensive specialist medical, nursing and therapy services, ensure a smooth transition to adult services for disabled young people, and work closely with the local authority.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “While we already do so much to make sure that Bolton’s children with disabilities and their families are able to live full lives in our town, a charter like this can only strengthen our commitment.
“I am particularly pleased that we are signing this with NHS Bolton; it is crucial that the two organisations work together for the benefit of all of the town’s residents.”
Pam Senior, who chairs the Board of NHS Bolton, said: “The fact that the council and NHS Bolton are working in partnership on this issue is crucial to ensuring full delivery of the charter’s commitments.
“The charter is an important step in our progress towards ensuring that children with disabilities maintain the best possible health and get the most from life.
“We’ll be working with the children and their families to continue to improve services and improve the life chances of these children.”
Every Disabled Child Matters is a campaign body made up of four organisations working with disabled children and their families: Contact a Family, the Council for Disabled Children, Mencap, and the Special Educational Consortium. It is the group’s aim to ensure that all local authorities sign up to the charter.