Parents unite over the lack of SEND support in schools

Families and the DCP were outside the High Court this morning ahead of the legal challenge on SEND funding.

Standing outside the High Court before the landmark case, campaigners want the Chancellor and the government to reconsider the budget cuts for disabled children and those with special educational needs. Three families are involved in the legal case, which calls on the government to address the problem that local authorities are unable to fulfil their legal obligation of providing education to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) was outside the High Court. The coalition is calling on the Government to fill the £434 million funding gap for support for disabled children and their families.  Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning outside the High Court, Dan, father to Emily who has spina bifida and autism, questioned the Education Secretary, MP Damian Hinds on the ‘failure’ to fund education for children like Emily. Dan explained how many parents have undertaken addition roles in their child’s life including being their “educators, mental health professionals, paediatric nurses and warriors,” while they dream to be like other parents around the country, who are fortunate for their children not to suffer with a medical condition. The DCP coalition is currently working with The Sun on the #GiveItBack campaign. This is asking people to add their names to a letter to the Chancellor written by Vickey, the mother of Ollie who has an ultra-rare genetic condition, asking for the £434m to be returned. The High Court case started today but the #GiveItBack campaign is ongoing and more than 15,000 people have signed the letter. You can sign the letter here and read more about the DCP here.
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