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Vocational Guidance: Disability

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what means of redress is available to disabled young people who haven’t received independent careers advice.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We want all children and young people, no matter what their special educational need or disability (SEND), to reach their full potential and receive the right support to succeed in their education and in their transition to adult life. The SEND Code of Practice explicitly states that all children and young people with SEND should be prepared for adulthood and that this preparation should start early.

Governing bodies must ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13 and every school must publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents. The department has published statutory guidance for schools to help them meet this duty:

In the event of suspected non-compliance with the duties and statutory guidance, parties involved should first try to resolve the matter and if a complaint remains unresolved, the department’s officials have the power to intervene.

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