Help for charities to influence policy

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Charity workers keen to have an impact on Government policies concerning children with disabilities have a new resource available to them. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has launched a new guide, Influencing for Impact: a guide to influencing policy and politicians for the disabled children’s voluntary sector, which seeks to help steer campaigners through the minefield of achieving political influence.

The guide has been produced specifically for the sector to bring together the experiences and learning of some of its most successful lobbyists and campaigners. The aim is to provide those overseeing, managing and working in disabled children’s charities with information and ideas on how best to affect national policy.

Influencing for Impact includes advice on the best use of a wide range of campaigning tools, including tabling amendments to legislation, Early Day Motions and Private Member’s Bills. Advice is also provided on how to work effectively with MP’s, ministe Save rs, select committees, all party parliamentary groups and other political groupings.   

Launching the guide, Christine Lenehan, Director of the CDC, said: ‘This guide will de-mystify the process of influencing central Government to introduce new rights and resources for disabled children and their families.”

Influencing for Impact is available to download from:
www.ncb.org.uk/pdf/influencing_for_impact.pdf

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