Government Inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) | 23 May 2018


22 May, 2018.

The Education Committee at the House of Commons is holding an inquiry into the Government’s policy on special educational needs.

This provides an opportunity for parents of children with M.E. to submit evidence relating to how they have managed to find suitable education provision.

For example, we have been hearing from several parents who have found it very difficult obtaining suitable provision for children who are 16-18 years of age, and other parents who have had problems getting suitable home tuition put in place.

While individual concerns will not be addressed by the committee’s inquiry, there are several points in the terms of reference (below) that may apply in the case of a child with M.E.

For example, assessment and support, roles of and cooperation between education, health and social care, and provision for 19-25 year old’s.

You can make a written submission on your own behalf, as an individual parent, or you might want to make a joint submission with other parents as part of a group.

The deadline for submission is Thursday, 14th June, so there is only three weeks remaining to contribute to this inquiry.

The inquiry

“In 2014, the Government introduced wide-reaching changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND. The Government claimed these changes would give families greater choice in decisions.

“The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Terms of Reference – Call for written evidence

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following by 14 June 2018:

  • Assessment of and support for children and young people with SEND
  • The transition from statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • The level and distribution of funding for SEND provision
  • The roles of and co-operation between education, health and social care sectors
  • Provision for 19-25-year old’s including support for independent living; transition to adult services; and access to education, apprenticeships and work

More information

  1. To make a submission,
  2. Terms of Reference,
  3. Guidance on written submissions.



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