Parents still face ‘uphill struggle’ to get satisfactory SEN support

Inclusion Disability
Despite far-reaching reforms, ‘too many wrong decisions’ are still being made by local authorities about SEN pupils’ education and care. Pete Henshaw reports

The new SEND system in England is proving no better at helping parents to get the support their children need – with long delays, legal battles and dissatisfaction being reported by many.

The claims are made by leading SEN charity, the National Autistic Society (NAS) in its annual School Report, published last week.

The report, which focuses on the experience of children with autism and their families, includes survey findings showing that 74 per cent of parents did not find negotiating the new system to be an easy experience.

Furthermore, 69 per cent of around 1,000 parents said they had to wait more than a year to get the support they needed for their child; 16 per cent have waited more than three years.

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