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Govt SEND reforms 'improving support'

18/08/2014 Joanna
The government claims new data reveals its reforms to the special educational needs and disabilities system (SEND) are providing more support than ever for families.

An independent report has found its measures are already making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families. 

It also states that professionals are more supportive of the system, as it facilitates effective collaboration and places families at its centre. They are able to provide more tailored support as a result of the reforms, focusing on families' requirements.

SEND provision is currently undergoing its most significant transformation for 30 years, with the government putting in place a new, birth-to-25 system for people with SEND and giving children and parents greater say over their personalised care and assistance.

Children and families minister Edward Timpson said: "It's great news that families who’ve tested our reforms ahead of September are now saying they have more control over how and where they access support for their children.

"For far too long, too many families have had to fight for the support they need. The new system will put children and young people first."

A new app is being launched to provide a platform for youngsters to share information about their needs quickly and easily.

The Council for Disabled Children's Early Support app will enable people with SEND to upload details about their condition and the support they are receiving, sharing them with people closely involved in their lives, such as doctors and those in teaching jobs.

Using the app will give young people more of a say in their care and ensure it better meets their needs, while strict safeguards are to be put in place so their privacy is not compromised.

Some 2,500 families have now received new Education, Health and Care plans as part of the pilot pathfinder programme, which enables support for those with SEND to continue beyond the age of 18 if they require it.

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