Last week the Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, held a round-table event to seek parents' views on how the recent SEND reforms are being implemented.
Guests included parent representatives, the National Network for Parent Carer Foums, Contact a Famly, Council fro Disabled Children and the Department of Health.
The roundtable provided an opportunity for parents to share their experiences of the reforms to date and discuss what is and isn't currently working. Among the many issues discussed there were a number of common concerns raised. They included:
- Issue of timing versus quality of EHC plans where Local Authorities
- There is a need for greater variety of classes and apprenticeships during transition to adulthood other than ‘life skills’, but this needs brokering
- Concerns that schools are not providing appropriate support, especially Academy schools
- Concerns that direct payments for social care are restrictive on activities for children and young people to get involved in
To read a full account of the roundtable discussion please use the link below. Special Needs Jungle have also written an article about their experience and thoughts following the discussion with the Minister.