The government has announced a boost in support for children with additional needs. This will include providing advice, support and information to families and young people with SEND; promoting and developing strategic participation by young people and parent carers; and bringing together schools, organisations and experts to train schools to deliver high-quality SEND.
Given the progress in the law, introducing EHCPs and putting families with SEND in the centre of the process, these priorities are much needed. Hopefully with additional funds and resources, these can become much more effective and realised.
The identified objectives also demonstrate and reflect the shift in focus and should further encourage progress in this area.
The new measures include: A contract worth £20million with the Council for Disabled Children, in partnership with Contact, to provide families and young people with SEND with impartial advice, support and information about the services and support on offer. A £3.8million contract with Contact, in partnership with KIDS and the Council for Disabled Children, to promote and develop strategic participation by young people and parent carers. A SEND school workforce contract with nasen and University College London (UCL), on behalf of the Whole School SEND consortium, worth £3.4million over two years - to bring together schools, voluntary organisations and experts so that schools can deliver high-quality SEND.