New plans "will leave children with disabilities excluded"

Campaigners say plans to reform the Special Educational Needs process represent a ‘lost opportunity’ for children with disabilities.  And the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign has also warned that the new legislation will create a ‘two-tier system of support’ for children.  The wide-ranging Children and Families Bill, introduced to the House of Commons today (Tuesday, February 5), includes a number of reforms for all children. It is perhaps best known for its aim to allow all parents greater flexibility about how they ‘mix and match’ paternity and maternity leave.  But the bill also includes significant changes to the Special Education Needs (SEN) process, which would introduce what the Government says is a “single, simpler assessment process”.  The Changes are being talked about as the biggest reform to SEN provision for three decades.  But the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign have said the bill will fail to establish a joined-up system of health and social care support for children with SEN. What’s more, the campaign has warned that disabled children without identified educational needs will be excluded and may be marginalised.  Read the full story here.
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