Helping parents bridge the information gap

11 December 2016

We are delighted to be launching our first information vodcasts, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All.

The grant has paid for filming equipment, website hosting and training so that we can produce our own series of information podcasts and vodcasts for parents of disabled children.

Working with our partners Kingsley Napley LLP and Match Solicitors on this service, our first two vodcasts provide an overview of clinical negligence claims and explain special educational needs appeals.

And all of these will be available free to view on our three websites respectively.

More help for parents

Jo Honigmann, CPotential CEO, says:

“Despite the internet, there is still a dearth of information when parents need it most. I know, from what parents tell me, that working one’s way through the healthcare and educational systems can feel like being perpetually lost and isolated in a maze.  By making our own vodcasts, we want to ensure parents have easier access to the type of information they need when they need it. These first two vodcasts were very much a trial run.  After showing them to our parents this month, we now have some very useful feedback to take on board as we develop more in the series.”

 

 

Listening to the experts

As part of the project, we conducted two surveys (along with Kingsley Napley LLP and Match Solicitors) with parents and healthcare and education professionals earlier this year.

Jo says: “We are very grateful to all the parents and practitioners who took part in this preliminary research. Their responses have helped inform us about the information gaps parents face and how they prefer to access information.”

Kate Rohde, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP, says: “The feedback also indicates that there are complex reasons why professionals working with disabled children may not be able to provide key information outside their own field or to signpost parents to other sources of help. Consequently, parents often lack the resources to make informed choices to give their child the best possible support.”

Anita Chopra, Director, Match Solicitors, says: “As part of this project, we hope to work more closely with the various professionals involved at every stage of a child’s life in order to bridge this information gap.”

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