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Special Educational Needs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help health and social care providers to identify the special education needs of children in schools.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires that clinical commissioning groups must work with local authorities in joint arrangements to support children and young people with special educational needs.

Since May 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the inspector of health services, has joined with Ofsted in inspecting local areas on their effectiveness in fulfilling this joint commissioning duty, in addition to their role in inspecting health provision. All 152 local areas in England will be inspected over a period of five years, with written statements of action required where improvement is needed. Ofsted and the CQC have recently announced they will be revisiting all areas which had a written statement of action to ensure that necessary improvements have been made.

In July 2018, NHS England published ‘Guidance for health services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)’ developed with the Department, intended to help health commissioners and providers tackle the challenges involved in implementing joint commissioning of services for children and young people with special educational needs, including how to participate in education, health and care assessment and planning.

In September 2018 the Department announced that we would be consulting on proposals for mandatory learning disability training for all health and care staff, which would include the needs of all age groups.

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