UP TO £6 million is to be invested in technology which will allow parents and carers of children with disabilities, to sleep sounder.

Devices such as video and epilepsy monitors, movement sensors and humidity pads, as well as special mattresses that detect when a child is wet or soiled and needs changing, will be given out to eligible families across the county.

Provided by Hampshire County Council, the authority says the tech will allow parents and carers to “enjoy more hours of restful sleep” which will “help them to improve their resilience and enable them to cope with the demands of their caring responsibilities”.

Councillor Keith Mans, children’s services chief, said: “This is an exciting move for children’s services. We have already seen the huge difference technology enabled care can make to the lives of vulnerable adults – demonstrated most recently through the County Council’s ‘world first’ trial of Amazon’s Alexa voice activated technology to support adults with physical disabilities to continue living independently in their own homes.

“I am keen that we build on this innovation to bring similar benefits and peace of mind to those caring for a child or young person with a disability. As we look at how we can best meet the social care needs of children and young people with disabilities, we are looking for new ways to do this. The investment I’ve agreed, on behalf of the County Council, is just the start and will enable us to further explore how technology could be used to make a real difference to the lives of those we support.”

This tech was previously piloted in 2016 in the homes of 20 families of children with disabilities.

The authority says the outcome of the trial demonstrated this type of support was welcomed by parents and carers and had the potential to benefit many families.

For those who are not eligible for funded support, a private-pay service will be developed to enable parents and carers to purchase the technology independently.

Third parties, including other local authorities and NHS partners, will also be able to buy services from Hampshire.