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Disabled Children: a legal handbook
Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Read
Cover of Disabled Children: a legal handbook
Second edition |  January 2016  | 648pp
ISBN: 978 1 908407 00 9

Disabled Children: a legal handbook is an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children, young people and their families in England.

The law in relation to this important group is complex and frequently misunderstood by those who have duties and responsibilities towards them. Many families also lack essential information about legal matters which substantially affect their lives and about the ways the law might be used to assist them. 

The highly experienced author team expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the differences between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do.

The second edition includes

• detailed coverage of the changes in the law on special educational
  needs and disability (SEND) included in Part 3 of the Children and
  Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice, including
  education, health and care (EHC) plans

• Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance (2015) and local
  authority social care duties to disabled children

• how the changes to the National Health Service introduced by the
  Health and Social Care Act 2012 impact on disabled children

• detailed information on how to obtain suitable housing for
  disabled children and their families under the Housing Act 1996

• new chapter on decision-making and mental capacity

• increased information on transition to adulthood and on the
  provision of services for young people under 25

• new chapter on legal remedies through tribunals, judicial
  review, ombudsmen and complaints procedures men and complaints

This book is essential reading for those working with disabled children and their families in charitable, independent or statutory sectors: advisers, advocates, lawyers, social and health care professionals as well as for those in academia - students and educationalists. 

Above all, this book is written for families with disabled children and disabled children and young people themselves to provide information about legal matters which substantially affect their lives and about the ways the law might be used to assist them. 

Contents: understanding disabled children's lives - legal fundamentals - children's services - education - health - housing - decision-making - carers  -  equality and non-discrimination - transition to adulthood - remedies

Read the full contents here

The cover image shows a section of LB's justice quilt made to honour the life and mourn the death of Connor Sparrowhawk also known as 'LB'. Read more here.

Council for Disabled Children


A full version of the text is available to download free of charge at the Council for Disabled Children website.


Author Information

Steve Broach is a barrister at Monckton Chambers in London. He has a wide-ranging public law practice with a particular focus on the law and policy affecting children and disabled people. Prior to becoming a barrister, Steve worked extensively in the  voluntary sector on behalf of disabled children and adults.

Luke Clements is the Cerebra Professor of Law and Social Justice at Leeds University and a consultant solicitor specialising in public and human rights proceedings on behalf of socially excluded groups. Luke is a leading expert on UK community care law and the rights of disabled people and carers to social and health care support.

Janet Read is an Associate Professor (Reader) Emeritus at the University of Warwick Medical School and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Law School. Her research and publications focus on the human rights of disabled children and adults and their families and the development of a provision to enable them to exercise their rights..

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