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Our Medical Negligence team is supporting and working closely with a host of fantastic charities this year including Caudwell Children, which works hard to help disabled children live active and independent lives.

The organisation was established back in 2000 and has supported more than 42,000 children to date with services worth over £40 million. In May this year, it reached a landmark moment with the launch of a state-of-the-art facility, which will take its work to a whole new level.

The £18 million Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC) is located at Keele University in Staffordshire. It is the first purpose-built centre of its kind in the UK and will focus on multi-disciplinary therapy programmes on childhood disability, as well as research into neurodevelopment conditions like autism.

The charity hopes that the centre will prove to be a safe haven where children and families can feel at home while healthcare professionals provide them with the support they need. Located in the University’s grounds, the centre is also expected to lead to collaboration with academics on a host of new projects.

Support for years to come

We’ve already touched upon how autism will be a priority at the CICC and its range of services will also include a new assessment and intervention pathway.

The charity has received approval from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide the innovative pathway and it marks the first time that Caudwell has offered regulated services in its 19-year history.

The move is part of Caudwell Children’s long-term strategy to improve its provision of support for children and families. Around 170,000 children in the UK are thought to be affected by autism, while 54% of all people supported by Caudwell Children have a diagnosis of the condition.

Following news of the CQC’s approval for the new pathway, the charity’s chief executive Trudi Beswick described it as a “momentous occasion”.

She added: “I firmly believe that our approach to autism assessment, diagnosis and support can one day become the blueprint for all autism pathways in the UK and elsewhere. We are on the cusp of a new era, not only for the charity, but for the nation’s ability to support the estimated 1 in 100 children in the UK who will receive an autism diagnosis.”

We know the impact a disability can have on a child and their family and are proud to be working with Caudwell Children and their ground-breaking new centre.

You can find out more about what makes Caudwell Children so unique by visiting caudwellchildren.com

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