Children and young people

All children with a learning disability have the right to a good start in life and a childhood like everyone else. Their families don't get the support they need, and their parents have to fight for services and opportunities.

Mencap believes that all children with a learning disability have the right to:

  • a childhood like everyone else
  • a good start in life
  • a good education
  • equal life chances and opportunities for the future.

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice

As part of the reform of the SEN system, the government has published the new

The Children and Families Bill

On 5 February 2013, the government published its Children and Families Bill to reform services for vu

Early years

It is vital that the families of all children with a learning disability have access to high-quality information and services as early as possible.

Education

Every child with a learning disability has a right to a high-quality education that meets their special educational needs.

Mencap's education policy

Read Mencap's education policy for children and young people with a learning disability.

Childcare during school holidays

One in three parents of disabled children received no holiday childcare during summer 2011.

Young people

Young people with a learning disability do not have the same opportunities to go to college, get a job or have a social life as other young people.

Leaving school

Leaving school can be an exciting but challenging time for young people with a learning disability. There are often many options to consider and lots of decisions to make. Find out about the support available.

New SEN clauses of Children and Families Bill

On Monday 3 September, the government published draft clauses on reforming the special educational needs (SEN) system.

Mencap supports Every Child in Need campaign

Mencap is supporting the principles behind the Every Child in Need campaign which has highlighted concerns about the government’s proposals to change the legal framework protecting the assessment of vulnerable children in need of social care support.

Martin's story

As a family we knew that the year 9 review (age 14 years) would be the start of a very important journey leading up to Martin leaving school at 19 years.

Christopher's story

Christopher is 24 years old. He has a severe learning disability and a complex type of symptomatic epilepsy.

Peter's story

I'm Peter and I'm 17 years-old. In my spare time I like horse riding and playing on my computer.

Jessie's story

Jessie is 12 years old and started mainstream school in September.     

Every Disabled Child Matters

Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is a campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child. As part of the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign we are lobbying the government to fight for rights and justice for every disabled child, and working with councils and health authorities to improve services.