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Rosemary Murray 29th June 2006

Disabled Children & Young

Peoples Participation Project

them thought they had.

Participants have influenced many Policy makers however they are frustrated at the lack of change in working practices which they have identified as inappropriate. It has been the experience of the Project Worker that it is necessary to identify professionals at senior level who are committed to the Rights of the Child in order to encourage agencies to involve Disabled Children and Young People in service planning.

(b)

Disabled Children and Young People should have the right to enjoy the same life as other children and young people (article 23)

Participants in the DCYPPP have found that the following inappropriate service provision prevents Disabled Children and Young People in Northern Ireland from living and enjoying life the same as other children and young people for the following reasons;

domiciliary care and personal assistance provision. A number of young people needing theses services said that they had to go to bed early, sometimes 7.00pm; because that was the time the care worker could fit him/her in to their work schedule. Young people said this was inappropriate because often younger children in the house were sitting up much later. This results in a loss of dignity and independence and freedom.

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