In the lead up to the 2015 General Election EDCM led the development of a report that set out their expectations for the next Government.
The report was called Right from the Start and was developed by EDCM, its board members and 6 organisations:
- Clic Sargent
- Family Fund
- National Deaf Children’s Society
- Royal National Institute of Blind People
- Together for Short lives
Right from the Start was about highlighting how disabled children, young people and their families still lack access to essential services, financial support and adequate healthcare. By contacting Government officials directly and through EDCM’s supporter action, the project aimed to influence policy making across Government to recognise the needs of disabled children, young people and their families right from the start – asking for a cross-departmental strategy co-developed with disabled children, young people and their families.
How did Right from the Start work?
Right from the Start was a project focussing on the experiences of families, and young people covering three main areas; poverty and financial wellbeing, social care and healthcare. What made the project most significant was the authenticity it created from using real life case studies. A bank of case studies was developed from a call online to EDCM’s supporters and those of their campaign partners. These showed that whilst some improvements had been made, there is still a long way to go for disabled children and their families to live the lives they want.
A supporter action using the online platform Engaging Networks was created. The principal ask was for supporters to share the report with their Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC). With the election around the corner, supporters were also asked to download a crib sheet with specific questions covering the three topics in the report. These were then disseminated online and were shared with EDCM’s campaign network of over 75 organisations for maximum reach and impact as well as sitting MPs. The report launched in Parliament in early January with MPs and Peers in attendance, as well as those who shared their story.