New money for councils to support families with SEND

New money for councils to support families with SEND

The DoE (Department of Education) in conjunction with the CDC (Council for Disabled Children) has announced a reform in funding for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) support.

£45 million of new funding is to be allocated to councils preparing for “the biggest transformation of special educational needs and disabilities support in over 30 years.”

Along with the announcement, the DoE has also launched an updated code-of-practice which offers practical advice for councils, schools and hospitals responsible for the safe welfare and support of children and young people with special needs and disabilities.

Edward Timpson, parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families said: “Our reforms will ensure that every child and young person with special educational needs receives the quality, support and education they need to progress successfully from school to adulthood and independence.”

As part of the Children and Families Act, the reform looks to implement a new ‘Birth-to-25′ care plan for children and young people with educational special need and disabilities as well as strengthening co-operation between councils, health services, parents and schools.

The DoE has also launched a live gateway to support the reform, allowing for more information sharing between those responsible for SEND children and young people.

Funded by the National Prospectus Grant, the gateway will provide a platform for interaction including a large amount of materials and information provided by a number of leading VCOs, including Autism Education Trust, Whizz Kids and Contact a Family.