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SIBLINGS of disabled children are often overlooked in favour of the disabled child, according to new research.

A study by the University of Portsmouth and the charity Family Fund has found that siblings of disabled children give care and support to their brothers and sisters, but often don’t get the care they need themselves.

The results have been compiled into a report called Do Siblings Matter Too? written by university lecturer Jenny Peddar.

Ms Peddar said: ‘This study confirmed some expectations of the impact of having a sibling with a disability and raised a number of additional issues. Siblings experience a wide range of issues and this study showed very limited support for these young people.

‘The complexity of life for these families needs wider recognition by services and the voice of the siblings needs to be heard by those working with the families.’

The report highlights key themes for siblings including parents lacking of time for them, and having feelings of aggression, violence and sadness.

There about 800,000 disabled children in the UK.

The charity Sibs estimates that they have more than 500,000 siblings.