UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Education written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to implement obligations under Articles 7, 23 and 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in relation to his Department's policy responsibilities.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The Department for Education is committed to the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and to improving outcomes for disabled children and young people. The UK Government will report to the UN Committee in July 2011, setting out how implementation has been achieved across Government.

We are determined to raise the achievement and wellbeing of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children. We are aiming to publish a SEN and Disability Green Paper. The Green Paper will consider how we can achieve better educational outcomes and life chances for disabled children and young people and those with SEN-from the early years through to the transition into adult life and employment. The Green Paper will seek to make radical improvements to the entire SEN and disability system for disabled children and young people. It will explore issues such as school choice, early identification and assessment, funding systems and family support in order to make life better for children with SEN and their parents.

We have carried out an open 'call for views' exercise and we intend to engage directly with disabled children, young people and parents of disabled children as part of the Green Paper consultation process.

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