Mencap are a proud member of the Disabled Children's Partnership - a growing coalition of more than 45 organisations - campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

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

Our campaign, the Secret Life of Us was developed in close partnership with parents and looks to change this.

The Secret Life of Us reveals the parts of the lives of parents with disabled children that most people simply do not see. It aims to bring to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face when living a life many of us take for granted.

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.

Through this, we can greater understanding, affinity and empathy for affected families. Because without awareness and understanding, we cannot achieve real change. But with increased awareness and public support we can make a real difference.

Who we work with


Members of the Disabled Children's Partnership include:

  • Action for Children
  • Contact a Family
  • Family Fund 
  • Royal Mencap Society
  • Scope
  • Sense
  • The Children's Trust
  • Together for Short Lives
  • WellChild
  • National Autistic Society
  • Council for Disabled Children / National Children's Bureau.


Supporters of the Disabled Children's Partnership include:

  • Ambitious About Autism
  • Bobath Centre
  • The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD)
  • Carers Trust
  • Carers UK
  • Child Poverty Action Group
  • The Communications Trust
  • Challengers
  • CLIC Sargent
  • CPotential (the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy)
  • Credo Care
  • Down’s Syndrome Association
  • Family and Childcare Trust
  • Fragile X Society
  • Guide Dogs
  • I CAN
  • KIDS
  • Mytonic Dystrophy Support Group 
  • National Deaf Children’s Society
  • Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
  • Whizz Kidz
  • Working Families
  • Seashell Trust
  • The Together Trust
  • Reaching Families
  • Seeability
  • Chailey Heritage Foundation
  • Shine
  • Sebastian’s Action Trust
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 
  • Children England
  • 4in10 Child Poverty Campaign
  • British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Ataxia
  • Thomley.

Find out more

You can find out more about the Disabled Children's Partnership by visiting their website:

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