The DCP is a major coalition of more than 100 organisations, supported by a network of thousands of parent carers and allies, who campaign for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

Mencap is one of the 12 organisations that form the DCP Steering Group. 

The DCP believes that disabled children, young people and their families have a right to access the services and support they need to live a good quality of life and have the same opportunities as any other family. 

But in England today, this simply isn’t happening.  

There is a £2.1 billion funding gap in disabled children’s services, which is just set to get bigger. This means countless families with disabled children are not getting the therapies, breaks from caring, equipment and other services they have a right to. 

A mum and dad, smiling with their daughter who is in a motorized chair.

What we do

The DCP exists to:  

  • Provide a platform for the voices of disabled children and family members. 
  • Challenge the inequalities and barriers in the provision of disabled children’s health and social care services. 
  • Improve the quality of services available. 
  • Make sure families can access those services. 
  • Ensure professionals communicate with each other and work together. 

You can join the DCP to help create a country where disabled children and young people have the right support and access to the same opportunities as anyone else. 

Find out more on the DCP’s website. 

If you have any questions about the DCP, you can email the team at  


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