SEND reforms

Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“We understand parents’ frustrations that many local authorities are having to scale back on some services that support children with special educational needs and disabilities because there is not enough money in the system to meet the level of need and complexity we are experiencing. The Children and Families Act (2014) reimagined these services, requiring partners to join up holistically to meet the health, care and educational needs of children with SEND. It also increased entitlement to support up to 25 and although we’ve received some additional implementation grant funding from government this does not fully reflect the increased cohort of children and young people we are now supporting, placing increased pressure on the high needs budget. Whilst the Budget provided some, welcome, respite for local authorities we are disappointed that it ignored increasing SEND and high needs pressures, a growing area of concern for councils.”

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