UKABIF are the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum, they are a membership charity whose aim is to promote the understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury. Late last year UKABIF launched Life after brain injury- a way forward!, their manifesto for children and young people with acquired brain injury.
The manifesto highlights that acquired brain injury in the young is a leading cause of death and disability amongst young people around the world, long term effects of childhood acquired brain injury and the possible impact on the child and family are looked into. The manifesto calls for
• A National Audit of brain injury incidence and rehabilitation to collect and report accurate data on newly-acquired brain injuries from the acute to community services
• Record Acquired Brain Injury (mild, moderate and severe) in the Personal Child Health Record and ensure long-term monitoring goals
• Facilitate the adoption of an acquired brain injury toolkit in the training programme for Special Education Needs Co-ordinators
• The information available is signposted from an established website for use by healthcare professionals, social workers, education personnel, as well as families and carers
To find out more and read the manifesto: UKABIF Manifesto- Life after brain injury, A way forward.