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Rosemary Murray 29th June 2006

Disabled Children & Young

Peoples Participation Project

provision. Lack of supported employment and training opportunities or Day Care placements. Young people over the age of eighteen feel they have lost their rights to services. Young People dependant on respite services find themselves staying in old people’s homes and hospitals. (Articles 1& 5 UNCRC)

While the Young People have been extremely successful in influencing Government Policy it has also been their experience that when involved at strategic planning level although they are listened to local service providers are reluctant to take responsibility to make changes. Often the Young people have been told that they are in a good position to influence at Government level.

We base or level of Participation on Hartes Ladder of Participation (appendix 1) The Participation of Children and Young People moves up and down the ladder depending on what issues we are involved with however there is a great lack of understanding among Professionals at all levels as to how to involve Disabled Children and Young People in Having their say.

Recommendations:

(Article 1 UNCRC )Extend the rights of the Child to cover Disabled Children and Young People up to the age of 25

Ensure that all Governments that have signed up to the UNCRC exercise their

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