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Disabled Children's Register

The Children Act 1989 required all local authorities to establish a register of disabled children aged 0-18 years in their areas. This is known as the Disabled Children's Register and is kept up to date by the SEND team in Wigan.

We want everyone with a disabled child or teenager, aged 0 to 18 years old in Wigan to register. This will enable us to look at numbers of children and young people and help us plan our services and local health services within the borough.      

You are not obliged to register your details or those of your children, this register is voluntary.

If you choose to register you can do so on the online web form.

If you would like us to contact you regarding services that are useful to you, please provide us with your e-mail address on the registration form. We will also share relevant news and information for disabled children, young people and families.

Who can register

You should consider registering your child if they have a disability and they are a Wigan residentUnder the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his / her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

Categories include;

  • Physical conditions which are permanent or require lengthy treatment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Sensory loss
  • Children on complex medication or treatment programmes like dialysis
  • A communication disorder (including autism)
  • A consciousness disorder (e.g. epilepsy).

Children do not need to have a formal diagnosis.

How to register yourself or child on the disability register

If you need any help or would like any support with registering please email SENDSadmin@wigan.gov.uk or call 01942 486136.

Parent Carers of children with additional needs aged 0-25 years in Wigan Borough, with or without a diagnosis, can also join Wigan Parent Carer Forum (external link) to keep updated on relevant information, events and opportunities.

How to update your details / deregister

When your child reaches 18 years old we will remove them from the register.

What information is kept?

Core details including:

  • Child’s: Name, date of birth, address, ethnicity, first language, child’s disability, child’s unique pupil number or unique learner number
  • Parent Carer’s details: Name, address, contact number, email address.

View Wigan’s Children’s Services Privacy notice.

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