Catriona Moore has a background in policy and communications and has worked for a number of health, social care and disability organisations.
When her younger daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2009 shortly before her second birthday, Catriona found herself dealing in practice with things she’d previously thought she understood in principle.
She juggles her work as policy manager for a national charity with caring and advocating for her daughter. She's passionate about improving the lives of disabled children and their families, and making the systems that should support them work more transparently and equitably.
Catriona writes for Special Needs Jungle in a personal capacity, and all views expressed are her own.
Catriona's posts on SNJ
- Join the SNJ Squad as a “Patron” and get exclusive content!Running SNJ takes time and money. As volunteers, we don't mind spending time making the site as useful as possible,…Continue reading »
- Minister admits legal entitlements for children with SEND are “up for review”The Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford MP, has admitted that existing legal entitlements for children and young people with SEND are…Continue reading »
- Children’s Social Care Review: Are disabled children ‘someone else’s’ problem?“It’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.” This line from the film…Continue reading »
- Why does Josh’s review seem to think disabled children are “Not Known to Social Care”?From what I can see, the independent review of children’s social care doesn't seem to be much interested in finding out about…Continue reading »
- MPs call on the government to act quickly on home education registerThe number of children – including children with SEND – who are home educated by their parents’ choice, has increased…Continue reading »
- SEND Inquiry report Part 2: No more reviews, it’s time to ACTThis is the second part in our SEND Inquiry report coverage. See Part one from Matt Keer here It has…Continue reading »
- SEND Review: A game-changer or playing politics with vulnerable children?While the biggest political and constitutional crisis that anyone can remember rages all around us, ministers resign, MPs are purged…Continue reading »
- First-time minister given one of the toughest jobs in government: Fixing the #SENDcrisisThe last week has brought a succession of big changes at all levels of government. The appointment of a new…Continue reading »
- SEND success is a journey, apparently, one with no end in sight“It’s a journey.” That’s what SEND minister Nadhim Zahawi said, repeatedly, at the final hearing of the House of Commons…Continue reading »
- Poor leadership and SEND law ignorance fails disabled childrenAnyone who has had to grapple with the SEND system to get their child’s needs acknowledged and met knows that…Continue reading »
- My “control freak’s guide” for my disabled daughter’s dignity and care in hospitalThe thing that worries me most about my disabled daughter as she gets older is who will understand her. Who…Continue reading »
- Partnering with clinicians to reverse Rett, my daughter’s rare disease“Did you say ‘Retz Syndrome’? How do you spell it?” These were the questions I asked the neurologist who speculated…Continue reading »
- Fighting for my disabled child’s right to summer funTania's note: Today we're welcoming a new columnist to SNJ, Catriona Moore. Catriona is the parent of a child with…Continue reading »