Amend the Equality Act 2010 to Include a Disabled Parenting Section
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There is no disabled parent section in the Equality Act 2010 which means that disabled parents have no protection against discrimination in their parenting role. They frequently face assumptions about their ability to parent from health visitors, schools, the police and the NHS and they are the only minority group who have to consistantly fight to retain or even earn the right to have their children in the first place.
15% of physically disabled parents face attempts by the state to have their children removed and this goes up to 80% for parents who are intellectually disabled or who have depression.
Disability is allowed to be considered when summing up 'the welfare of the child' so disabled parents will often lose custody in divorce cases and they can be subjected to repeated questioning because disability is seen as a child protection issue.
Every year, social services make the decision of whether to remove a child from 11,000 parents solely based on disability.
We believe it's time for a change.
Disability is not a risk of harm to a child and shouldn't be treated as such. Assuming a parent is unfit on the basis of disability should be viewed as intolerence and treated as a hate crime.
Help us amend the Equality Act 2010 to bring equal rights for ALL parents!
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