Media enquiries

Contact the media office

If you have a press enquiry about Contact a Family's work, or for spokespeople or to speak to family case studies, contact our press office on 020 7608 8741 or email press@cafamily.org.uk.

We also operate an out of hours and weekend service on 0759 993 0090.

Case studies

We have a database of families with disabled children who are excellent speakers and are happy to talk to the media on a range of issues.

Experts and spokespeople

We can provide up to date background information and access to professional experts on a range of issues affecting families with disabled children including finances, education, lack of services and family relationships.

Facts and figures

Basic statistics about families of disabled children:

  • In the UK, there are 800,000 disabled children under the age of 16 - that equates to one child in 20.
  • 99.1 per cent of disabled children live at home and are supported by their families.
  • 52 per cent of families with a disabled child are at risk of experiencing poverty.
  • Only 16 per cent of mothers with disabled children work, compared to 61 per cent of other mothers.
  • It costs three times more to raise a disabled child, as it does to raise a child without disabilities.
  • Pupils with special educational needs (with and without statements) account for 7 in 10 of all permanent exclusions from school. This is the highest rate of permanent exclusions.

Contact a Family research

Poverty

  • A third (33 per cent) of families with disabled children are going without heating.
  • 31 per cent of families are going without food.
  • A third of those going without food and heating are doing so more than once a month.
  • Almost 60 per cent think that their financial situation will get worse in the next 12 months.
  • 33 per cent say they are worse off as a result of benefit changes (all Counting the Costs, 2014).


Barriers to work and childcare issues

  • 88 per cent of families with disabled children have caring responsibilities that mean they are unable to work as much as they would like.
  • 72 per cent are cutting back on work or giving up on careers because of childcare problems.
  • 92 per cent say that finding childcare for disabled children is more difficult compared to non-disabled children.
  • 33 per cent don't use childcare because staff don't have the right experience and 39 per cent because it's too expensive.
  • 82 per cent of those who do use childcare pay above average childcare costs, with 31 per cent paying between £11-£20 per hour. (all Childcare research published June 2014).


Family breakdown

  • One in five say that isolation has led to the break up of their family life (Forgotten Families, 2011).
  • 53 per cent parents say that caring for a disabled child has caused some or major difficulties or the breakdown of their relationship (No Time for Us, 2004).
  • More than three quarters of families say that the opportunity to spend time with their spouse or partner away from the role of caring is poor or unsatisfactory. (What Makes My Family Stronger, 2009).


Health and well being

  • 72 per cent of families with disabled children experience mental ill health such as anxiety, depression or breakdown due to isolation.
  • Almost half have felt so unwell that they asked their GP for medication or to see a counsellor (Forgotten Families, 2011).

About Contact a Family

Contact a Family supports families with disabled children across the UK.

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK, and 99.1% of them are cared for at home. We currently reach 20% with our life-changing support.

We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Read our most recent annual review [PDF] to find out more about the work we do.