Date lodged: 16 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it is engaging with hard-to-reach parents in consulting on and developing the National Framework for Families with Disabled Children and Young People.
Answered by: Maree Todd 26 January 2018
The Scottish Government’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Advisory Group, which comprises representatives from 3rd sector disability organisations has two members who represent groups specifically for parents of disabled children and young people. This Disabled Children and Young People’s Advisory Group have been meeting for over 3 years and have a keen interest in this work. Separately, the Scottish Government funds Contact (previously known as Contact a Family) to support the West Lothian Carers Forum who have been engaged in the framework. They have also produced materials to support other parents set up their own local groups. Engagement events will be co-hosted with 6 charities during the consultation who will invite families to give their views.