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Brian Lamb 

16 December 2009
 
The National Autistic Society (NAS) has said today that unless the Government ensures local authorities comply with the law, changes proposed in the Lamb Inquiry will not make the difference that parents of children with SEN desperately need. 

Mark Lever, NAS chief executive said: “A great many parents of children and young people with autism have to fight huge battles to get the education support that should be theirs by right, often at considerable emotional and financial expense. We hear terrible stories from parents of local authorities flouting the law by ignoring diagnoses, not meeting statutory timescales, failing to write statements properly, and even saying they ‘don’t do’ statements any more.

“It is hardly surprising then that parents have little confidence in the SEN system, and they could be forgiven for thinking that this report will do little to change what for them is an often complicated, intimidating, and sometimes infuriating system. However, it is important to remember that positive steps have been made.”

A number of proposals in the report will help parents in their fight to get the right education for their child and make schools more accountable for the standard of teaching and support they provide. In particular, the introduction of the extra right of appeal on SEN statements, and the announcement that Ofsted inspections will be required, by law, to place a greater focus on SEN and disabilities, are to be strongly welcomed. 

It is now up to the Government to make change happen by better enforcing the law, improving teacher training and ensuring parents have the right information and support. Only then will parents have confidence in a system which is supposed to be there to help them. 

Source:  http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2074&a=21016

Special needs parents ‘need help’

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Parents of children with special needs should be given more support, an inquiry is set to recommend.

A government-commissioned study by Brian Lamb says that a significant number of parents are not satisfied with the help they receive.

In response, the government will promise measures including a national support helpline and clearer information about rights to support.

Parents have complained that feel they have to “fight the system”.

The report by Mr Lamb will reflect calls for more parent-friendly support for families with children with special needs.

‘Huge battles’

It will say that parents want to know what help is available and to have clearer guidelines about what should happen in schools.

There will also be proposals that the Local Government Ombudsman should be funded to consider parents’ complaints against local authorities.

Special needs tribunals are also set to be improved and and there will be promises for more support for children who face bullying.

The National Autistic Society’s chief executive, Mark Lever, said: “A great many parents of children and young people with autism have to fight huge battles to get the education support that should be theirs by right, often at considerable emotional and financial expense.

“We hear terrible stories from parents of local authorities flouting the law by ignoring diagnoses, not meeting statutory timescales, failing to write statements properly, and even saying they ‘don’t do’ statements any more.

“It is hardly surprising then that parents have little confidence in the special educational needs system, and they could be forgiven for thinking that this report will do little to change what for them is an often complicated, intimidating, and sometimes infuriating system.”

Read in Full:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8415528.stm



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