Between a rock and a hard place

Written by Every Disabled Child MattersDate 05 Sep 2005

Employment is a key government strategy to end child poverty. Yet for many parents (and in particular mothers) of disabled children employment remains a difficult and unreliable route out of poverty.

The reason that these families experience barriers to employment is that childcare is neither fit for purpose nor affordable. Despite eight years of government childcare strategies there is no evidence that the childcare provision for disabled children is either available or that it meets the needs of parents.

This leaves many families with a disabled child between a rock and a hard place and struggling on a low family income that limits the life chances of all family members.