Disabled Children's Record
What is the Disabled Children’s Record (DCR)?
The Children Act 1989 requires all Local Authorities to establish a record of disabled children and young people (up to the age of 19) in their areas.
It is your choice if you want to be a part of this record.
What are the benefits of being included on the record?
- You will be notified of relevant news and updates about special educational needs and disability (SEND) services for children and young people within Cornwall.
- You will also be able to create your own 'Care Passport' for your child that you can print off and give to people working with them. This is particularly useful during the summer holidays, when they may use multiple activity providers. The document highlights your childs needs in terms of mobility, continence care, medical needs, communication, eating and drinking, behaviours and emergency contacts.
- When your child approaches their 18th birthday, you will be contacted with details regarding the Emergency Carers Card scheme, along with an application form and how to apply.
- It also helps the Local Authority to map where people with SEND live, which can assist in service planning.
The record is not linked to any other register and will not affect entitlement to services or benefits.
Please note, being on the DCR does not automatically entitle your child to services.
Once registered, visit your Dashboard to create a record for your child.