What is The Key – Disabled Children’s Register?
The register is a database that holds information about children and young people with
disabilities (birth to 25 years) who live in Gloucestershire.
Why do we have a register and what is is used for?
The Children’s Act 1989 requires us to keep a register. The register helps us to plan and develop services for children and young people with disabilities in Gloucestershire. In addition to planning, the register also helps us to involve and inform families as well as keep in touch and share news and information.
Why should I sign up to it?
The register is used as a means for us to keep families updated with any new developments. Once you join The Key you will receive newsletters 3 times a year. You will also receive an introductory pack upon registering, that will include information tailored to your child's age and disability. This includes information on local and national services, charities and events that are relevant to children and young people with disabilities and their families. In addition to this, you may, from time to time be sent other information from Gloucestershire County Council that is relevant to you.
As a member of The Key you/ your child will also benefit from free membership to a local Swimming Pool, this also allows free/discounted entry for an adult carer. It can, in some areas, also provide discounted access to other leisure facilities. There is also the opportunity for families to be matched together for support through the Parent Contact Register or the Friendship4You Scheme for adult key members (18-25 years).
Who can access information from the register?
The register is held within the Local Authority’s Family Information Service. The information will be used primarily by them to keep you up to date with information about appropriate services for your family. However, as a secondary use, the information may be shared with other council teams and partner agencies, to help them jointly plan services. Registering with The Key will not affect any services or benefits that you currently receive, it will also not guarantee your child and additional services or benefits.
Do you have to register you child?
No, the register is voluntary. Your child does not have to be on the register to receive services and support from health or social are. You can request to have your child’s details removed at any time.
How do I sign up?
All you need to do is click on the Key Application Form and then complete the form which will be e-mailed to us. Shortly afterwards you will be sent a registration pack which you should sign and return in the prepaid envelope provided. If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact us by telephoning 01452 427362