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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Plans aim to boost support for SEND families

Plans are in the pipeline to boost the support available to Leicestershire children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Leicestershire County Council has developed a range of improvements for services and the offer for families with a child, or children, with SEND.

These include the introduction of a handbook for parents and professionals working with SEND children, plans to improve the way education and health care (ECH) plans are delivered and the development of the inclusion service, which offers early support to children and young people.

“It is vitally important that we support our SEND families in the best ways we can.

“We have already committed to investing £30m into establishing new specialist schools and resource bases in some of our existing schools and have been working in consultation with young people and their families to help put together these new plans.

“We recognise there is some work to do but these developments will help us improve support services and help us give SEND children a good start in life and access to the best possible education.”

The plans form part of the SEND and Inclusion Strategy, which was considered by councillors at the Children and Families Overview Scrutiny meeting this week and is set to be considered by Cabinet on 18 September.

Watch both meetings here

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