New findings from a major survey conducted by Family Fund have highlighted the impact of Coronavirus on families raising disabled or seriously ill children, as emergency funding is announced by the Department for Education.
Family Fund conducted two surveys on 27 March and 30 April, to track the continuing impact of lockdown, finding:
94% of families said the health and wellbeing of their disabled or seriously ill children had been negatively affected, an increase from 89% in first few weeks of the lockdown.
89% said their disabled or seriously ill children’s behaviour and emotions were being negatively affected and 82% reported a negative effect on their mental health.
65% said their access to formal support services for their child, such as physiotherapy and mental health services, has declined since the Coronavirus outbreak.
30% struggled to afford food and a quarter of parent carers (24%) admit to missing meals in the last two weeks, with nearly three quarters of families now having no savings to fall back on.
The biggest concerns for families are around educating and entertaining their disabled or seriously ill children at home (74%) and their children’s health and wellbeing (71%).
You can read or download the findings here (opens in a new tab)