Children and families

Disabled children and young person’s register

Local authorities have a duty to have a record or register of disabled children in their area under the Children Act 1989. Joining the register is completely voluntary – but we would encourage you to do so.

Who can apply?

If you have a disabled child or young person between birth and 25 you can sign them onto the disabled children and young person’s register.

Our local definition of disability is based on the Equality Act 2010 which states that a person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities. Some examples of what this would include are:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Autism or Aspergers
  • behavioural, emotional or social difficulties
  • Cerebra Palsy
  • complex health needs
  • Dyspraxia
  • global development delay
  • learning difficulty
  • mobility difficulty
  • palliative care needs
  • sight and hearing impairments

How to register

Before you register please read the privacy notice via the link below which explains who we share your data with and how we store it.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Then email us at with the following:

  • the name of the child or young person, date of birth, home address, gender and disability
  • your relationship to them
  • name of their parent or carer
  • address of the parent or carer if it's different to the child or young person
  • your contact telephone number

What happens next?

Once we have your details we will be able to keep you informed of what is available in the area and to tell you about any planned changes or developments that may affect your child.

The information that we will get from you will give us a clearer picture of where disabled children live and what their needs are. This will help us plan support services more effectively when reviewing and setting them up.

Who will use the information I give to you?

The statistics we will get from the register will be used for planning purposes. The information may be shared with genuine council service providers so they can process the information on our behalf.

We will also be working closely with the NHS in planning future integrated provision and may want to share the information with them.

Joining the register will not affect any services or benefits that you currently receive. It will also not guarantee your child any additional benefits of services.