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Parent Leaflets

APCP has produced a number of information leaflets on a range of conditions and topics commonly referred to paediatric physiotherapists for advice and support.  The leaflets have been written by qualified paediatric physiotherapists with reference to evidence and research where available. 

View the full list of APCP parent leaflets.

If you have concerns about your child, please seek advice from your physiotherapist, GP or healthcare professional.

Disability Sport

In addtion to the health and fitness benefits of sports and physical activity, participating in sports can have positive effects on confidence and self-esteem.

APCP's Disability Sport resource is a web-based resource signposting readers to information about disability sports and where to find out about local opportunites.

SEND Reforms

KIDS have launched a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children and young people to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision.

KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. As part of the ‘Making it Personal:2’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has worked with a number of partners to develop a new suite of resources to explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families.

You can find more information about the ’Making it Personal:2’ project, here:  

Choosing a paediatric physiotherapist

All babies, children and young people are important.  They each have their own unique personality and potential.  They deserve the best possible care and nurture to support their health and development.

Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement.

Paediatric physiotherapists should have an understanding of:

  • child development
  • childhood diseases and conditions that may impact on development and well being
  • therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being
  • the need to place the child at the centre of planning
  • the impact that having a sick or disabled child has on family life
  • how to keep children safe
  • how to ensure that children and young people make choices
  • how to develop their own skills and practice
  • how to develop services in line with Government guidance committed to improving quality and life chances for children
The majority of paediatric physiotherapists work in the NHS.  Your GP can advise you about paediatric services and make a referral if appropriate.
Some paediatric physiotherapists work in private practice.  The CSP provides a free listings service called physio2u for its privately practising members, some of whom specialise in paediatric physiotherapy.

When choosing a paediatric physiotherapist, there are a number of things you should consider:

  • are they specialised in working with children and paediatric conditions? 
  • they should be prepared to liaise with an NHS physio when appropriate 
  • paediatric physiotherapists are subject to enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), you are entitled to see evidence of their DBS clearance.

Search for a paediatric physiotherapist

Please visit the CSP's website where you can search for a private physiotherapist