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Disabled Children’s Partnership

Together for Short Lives is a proud member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership – a growing coalition of more than 45 organisations – campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

We know that 43% of the British public don’t know anyone who is disabled, and that 97% of parents with a disabled child do not believe the public understands the challenges they face every day.

Our campaign, the Secret Life of Us was developed in close partnership with parents and looks to change this.

The Secret Life of Us reveals the parts of the lives of parents with disabled children that most people simply do not see. It aims to bring to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face when living a life many of us take for granted.

By doing this we hope to open the eyes of the public to the difficulties faced by families on a day-to-day basis, removing the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children.

Through this, we can greater understanding, affinity and empathy for affected families. Because without awareness and understanding, we cannot achieve real change. But with increased awareness and public support we can make a real difference.

Show your support

We need as many people as possible on board with our campaign in order to achieve real change and provide disabled children, young people and their families access to the services they are entitled to, when they need them.

Then, why not share our campaign with your family and friends by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Members’ Steering Group

  • Action for Children
  • Contact a Family (Chair)
  • Royal Mencap Society (Secretariat)
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Children’s Bureau
  • Sense (Treasurer)
  • Scope
  • The Children’s Trust
  • The Family Fund
  • Together for Short Lives
  • Well Child


  • Carers UK
  • Carers Trust
  • NDCS
  • Ambitious About Autism
  • Disability Challengers
  • Working Families
  • Whizz Kids
  • Family and Childcare Trust
  • Guide Dogs
  • Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
  • I CAN
  • The Communications Trust
  • The Seashell Trust
  • CPotential (the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy)
  • Credo Care
  • KIDS

Find out more

You can find out more about the Disabled Children’s Partnership by visiting their website

Campaigning for change