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Rosemary Murray 29th June 2006

Disabled Children & Young

Peoples Participation Project

In order to enable Disabled Children and Young people to have their say in hospital services the DCYPPP have established a young people’s forum in the local acute hospital (Craigavon Area Hospital) Young People meet with hospital management and discuss ways of improving hospital services for disabled children and young people and their families.

(4)Support

Young people seek the support of the Northern Ireland     Commissioner for Children and Young People to ensure that local authorities listen to what they have to say.

(5)Influencing:

Participants identify opportunities to meet with Members of Parliament from the UK Government to influence policy making and funding for disability services in particular for Wheelchair Services, transition issues and the health care needs of Children with complex medical needs in schools.

Disabled Young People attend local and regional Strategic planning meetings.

Findings

(a)

The right to have your say (article 12 UNCRC)

Disabled Children & Young People who have participated with the DCYPPP have said that having been given the opportunity to have their say they have become much more confident. Some have also said that they have been enabled to reach beyond the limitations of their disability and have found that they have much more potential than they or anyone associated with

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