SEND green paper could ‘further restrict’ support for disabled children, campaigners warn

Government plans to improve services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) could “create further barriers” to support for some families, campaigners have warned. The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), which is an umbrella organisation consisting of of 100 children’s and disability charities including Mencap, Sense and Contact, says children with SEND and their families currently “have to battle through a confrontational and bureaucratic system to get the services they’re entitled to”. These battles “take a huge toll on the mental health of the entire family” and result in “lengthy delays” to services, often involving tribunals and hearings, it adds. Read more.

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