Children and Education

Changes to legislation for young people in England will affect around 25,000 children and young people with a visual impairment, so it's crucial they are the right changes.

SEND inspections by Ofsted

We are pleased that following our work with the National Deaf Children Society and Sense, the Department for Education announced on 17 December that Ofsted will be asked to formally inspect local areas on their effectiveness for providing appropriate support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice set out a vision for changing the way that children and young people with special educational needs and disabled children and their parents are supported. This means changes for the professionals who work with them in education, health and social care. We have developed resources which will provide information on making the SEND reforms work for children and young people with a vision impairment and their families. 

Right from the start - new report

A new report out by Every Disabled Child Matters - a coalition we belong to that campaigns for the needs of disabled children, young people and their families - is calling on political parties to commit to addressing the needs of disabled children and young people ‘right from the start’.

The report outlines some of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face, including poverty and financial wellbeing, and the struggle of their parents to hold down a job and access welfare benefits. It asks political parties to commit to producing a cross-departmental strategy to ensure that the needs of disabled children are met if they are elected to Government in May.

Is your local authority ready?

From the 1 September, local authorities have to make a number of big changes to how they support children with special educational needs (SEN). But are they ready? And have they considered the needs of children with sight loss?

Write to your local authority