We are pleased to announce that on Monday the 20th of May the first Joint Ministerial SEND Roundtable took place at the Department of Health and Social Care.
The cross-ministerial meeting brought together representatives from the voluntary sector, the statutory sector, service providers and membership organisations with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi and the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage.
The Roundtable is the first of successive meetings that will take place on a bi-annual basis, as proposed by Nadhim Zahawi in response to the 2016 report by Dame Christine Lenehan and Mark Geraghty on the experiences of children in Residential Special Schools, ‘Good Intentions, Good Enough?’.
The Roundtables are intended to complement and feed into the work of the newly established SEND Leadership Board, an additional recommendation of the review that aims to improve the commissioning and delivery of services for children and young people with SEND.
As Minister Zahawi explained in his letter to Dame Christine:
“I will co-host ministerial roundtables, with the Minister of State for Care, giving providers, users and voluntary sector organisations the opportunity to feedback on the work of the board, alongside general SEND policy”.
Dame Christine, Director of the Council for Disabled Children, has supported the facilitation of this meeting and also attended.
We look forward to further work between both departments to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.