Disability: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th October 2021.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure the effectiveness of NHS support for disabled children (a) during covid-recovery and (b) generally.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision and effectiveness of health services for disabled children. To tackle the elective backlog as part of COVID-19 recovery, an additional £1 billion this year and £8 billion over the next three years has been allocated to reduce waiting times for patients, including disabled children.

As we enter the recovery phase following the outbreak, we aim to have clear oversight of local areas’ performance in delivering special education needs and disabilities (SEND) services. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission re-started their revisit programme of areas where SEND services received a written statement of action in April and full inspections in June.

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