What is the Children's Disability Register?
The Children's Disability Register is a confidential list of names and basic information about children with disabilities, special or additional needs.
The Children Act 1989 required all local authorities to establish a register of children with a disability in their area. This is used to help plan services to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Children's names are added to the register at their parent's request, and in return parents can receive information about services available in their area.
The information held on the register is confidential. It meets the requirements of Data Protection Act. Only authorised workers from social care, education and health can access the information, via the Register Co-ordinator.
Does your child have to be included?
No. Inclusion on the register is voluntary. And if your child is on the Register, you can have them removed at any time.
However, we believe most parents and carers will see the benefits and want their child to be included. The Register will:
- Help to identify the general needs of children with disabilities and plan appropriate services for them;
- Make sure that social care, education and health professionals know about your child and his or her needs to help them to support you;
- Help to plan for your child's future and assist them in the transition to adulthood;
- Enable you to be kept up-to-date about services, through regular updates, newsletters and bulletins.
Will it affect entitlement to services?
Services are based on assessed needs, not inclusion on the Register. The Children's Disability Register is not linked to any other registers or records held by the Local Authority. This includes the Child Protection Register.
Should my child be on the register?
Your child can be added onto the Register if they:
- Live in Walsall or be the responsibility of Walsall Council; and
- Be aged 0 to 18 or be being educated at school; and
- Have a physical or mental impairment which is likely to have a substantial and long-term, adverse affect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities; and
- Have a diagnosis.
They may need help with the following:
- Intellectual development of learning;
- Personal and self care;
- Hearing and vision;
- Special treatment such as dialysis or medication;
- Independence appropriate for their age, gender, cultural, religious or social circumstances.
If you want your child to be included, please complete the Registration Form available to "Download" on the right of this page and return the complete form to
Walsall Early Years (A7)
Education Development Centre