Funding for special educational needs support confirmed
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
A multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been announced.
Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, met with members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums at the Department for Education in January, where he confirmed funding from April 2017 of nearly £60 million.
This funding will help embed the reforms made to the system of support for SEND and continue the support for the groups who have been instrumental in bringing about the progress seen to date.
The funding announced includes:
£15 million for the Independent Supporters programme in 2017 to 2018, run by the Council for Disabled Children, this has been a real driver of change for families navigating the SEND system and improving the experience for them.
£2.3 million for Parent Carer Forums in 2017 to 2018, who bring parents together and provide a voice to influence local decision-making.
£1.8 million to Contact a Family, to support individual Parent Carer Forums and their National Network, and to run a national helpline for families.
The package also includes funding for councils worth £40 million, which will help support them to make effective plans for this important final year of the transition to the new SEND system.
Minister Edward Timpson said: “These reforms are the most significant we’ve made to the support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in a generation and we know that they are making a difference, thanks to the passion and dedication of all those involved.”