Family Fund is pleased to welcome a Government green paper, and plan, which sets out to provide better support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It contains a key focus on ending the postcode lottery that leaves far too many people with worse outcomes than their peers.

The Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper, published today, sets out its vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children, across education, health and care.

The green paper is the result of the SEND Review, commissioned to improve a system across England that often leaves parents facing difficulties and delays accessing the right support for their child.

The plans to reform the system will be open for a 13-week public consultation, giving families frustrated by the existing system of support the opportunity to shape how a new system will work in the future. It also aims to give them confidence that their local school will meet their children’s needs so they can achieve their full potential.

Chery Ward CEO of Family Fund said: “We are very pleased to welcome this long awaited green paper. Every child has the right to the best education possible and it is children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs who often require the most support.

Parents and Carers tell us that it can be extremely challenging trying to access appropriate education, health and social care support and it can also be a postcode lottery depending on where you live and what SEND provision is available in your area.

The green paper proposes a framework for change which we hope will support children, young people and families to get the support and services they need close to home.

We know the families that we help often feel their voices and opinions are not heard. The key part of the review is the consultation, which will influence the way this change is brought about That is why it is vital that families, and indeed everybody concerned, takes the opportunity to respond to this paper and share their views and experiences to ensure that children and young people receive the support they need and are entitled to .We encourage families to respond directly and will also be engaging with families to shape our own response”.

The proposals are backed by new funding to implement them, worth £70 million. This will build on the £9 billion government investment in local authority high needs budgets, next year, and £2.6 billion for new places for children with SEND, over the next three years.

For more information and to share your views on the the proposals for the SEND and AP system across England, visit: 

https://sendreview.campaign.gov.uk