This article highlights the higher incidences of Special Educational Needs ("SEN") in children who are looked after.

Children identified with SEN require additional support, and the first step in this process is to identify the needs and provide for these, as early as possible. An Education Health and Care ("EHC") needs assessment is a good way to begin this process and an EHC Plan details and protects that provision in a specified school.

The fact that these children are also much more likely to be excluded further demonstrates that their needs are not being met. It is therefore important that appropriate provision is put in place, as early as possible, in order to support these children and their access to education.