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We the undersigned petition the Government and Local Authorities to express our extreme concern that the DCATCH service which was piloted in the last 12 months may be under threat from being withdrawn.

We would strongly contest that there is every case for this service to remain in existence as a pioneering way forward for those in our situation who would like to have the opportunity to continue to work, pay our taxes and contribute to the local economy and NOT be reliant solely on the benefits system to be able to afford to exist.

We feel that our children, who require extra care and support owing to their extra special needs/disabilities, benefit hugely from the support DCATCH provides, so that we may have some semblance of a normal life and their needs should not inhibit our ability to work just like parents who have children without those needs. If this service is removed, a lot of parents will be forced to give up work to care full time for their children as the childcare costs for disabled/special needs children is enormous.

The duress that a child with special needs puts on a family cannot ever be fully explained – experience is the only way to understand. DCATCH have been trained in an exceptional way to handle the parents, children and their families stress. They are a formidable force and it should be known that without their intervention and help, a lot of what has been achieved in the last year would never have been possible.

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