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(UK) Sheffield: Parents with disabled children wait months/years for diagnoses

May 22, 2019, Sheffield Star: Many parents waiting a year or more for help with their disabled child—Almost a third of parents who have children with special needs or disabilities have waited more than two years for an assessment. https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/council/many-parents-waiting-a-year-or-more-for-help-with-their-disabled-child-67119 Sheffield Parent Carer Forum asked more than 700 families how long it took to get their child’s needs assessed. Almost three quarters had waited more than six months, over half had waited more than a year, 30 per cent had waited more than two years and 17 per cent had waited in excess of three years…. The report says: “Most conditions can only be diagnosed by a health professional. Parents told us that the biggest barriers to accessing health services for their child with SEND were long waiting lists (75 per cent), unclear referral routes (49 per cent) and a lack of information about health services (46 per cent). …