Theo Clarke MP for Stafford recently held a roundtable on Autism in Stafford. Following this roundtable, Mrs Clarke asked the Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing about the new support the Government will be providing for parents of children with special educational needs?
Theo Clarke MP for Stafford:
“I welcome the Government’s new improvement plan on special educational needs and disabilities. I recently held an autism roundtable in Stafford to discuss the pressures parents are facing with gaps in support locally. What new support will now be available for parents of children with special educational needs?”
Claire Coutinho MP, Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing:
“I thank my hon. Friend for that question and for meeting me when she pressed me on this issue. We will be putting lots of things in place for parents, but in particular we will be ensuring that a specialist workforce is in place, that increased funding is going into schools and that there is better communication from councils, which is one of the new standards we will be bringing in. Hopefully, all that will help give parents confidence in the system. On the particular challenge with EHCPs, we will be streamlining and digitising them, which will hopefully help parents with the bureaucracy of trying to get their children the support they need.”