29 July 2011
A new research publication co-authored by the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol (together with the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Warwick) has been published by the Department for Education.
Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) was launched in May 2007 by the then Government. It aimed to improve service provision for disabled children and their families, stressed the importance of appropriate childcare for disabled children and young people and acknowledged the lack of adequate provision to meet need. The Disabled Children’s Access to Childcare (DCATCH) pilot was a specific AHDC initiative dedicated to improving childcare provision for this group of children and their families; this £35 million initiative, that ran from March 2008 to March 2011, involved funding ten local authorities to pilot means of addressing the lack of childcare.
This report outlines qualitative interviews with 22 families across the ten DCATCH pilot areas. The aim was to explore the acceptability and impact of DCATCH support/interventions and find out more about what difference these arrangements made and what particular characteristics of support made the most difference.
Key conclusions were:
Abbott, D., Kotecha, M., Scott, S., Jessiman, P., Kazimirski, A., Read, J. & Blackburn, C. (2011) Disabled Children’s Access to Childcare (DCATCH): a qualitative Evaluation. Department for Education: London:
For further information contact David Abbott