This report welcomes the overall direction of the Government's proposed legislation to reform provision for children with special educational needs (SEN), but warns that the NHS Constitution cannot be allowed to prevent the imposition of much stronger duties on commissioning boards to ensure that adequate, joined-up services are put in place. Draft legislation relies too heavily in its current form on the duty of joint commissioning between Health and local authorities to ensure co-operation throughout the system. It will be essential that the forthcoming regulations commit Health providers to specific timetables when conducting SEN assessments and that responsibilities for Health and local authorities in providing certain therapy services are substantially clarified. The Committee also calls for all current protections afforded by a Statement of SEN to be maintained and recommends that the Code of Practice should also remain a statutory document. The Committee notes how the 'pathfinder projects' set up to test the approaches described in the 2011 Green Paper on SEN have not had time to report back in order to advise on the development of the legislation. MPs welcome the Minister's decision to extend the Pathfinders for a further 18 months, but point to several aspects of the new legislation where learning from the Pathfinders will be particularly important, not least how to ensure the 'Local Offer' put in place is sufficient to ensure the needs of young people with SEN, as identified in an Education Health and Care Plan, can be met.... 123 124 125 Hackney Parent Partnership Service Roger Morgan, Childrena#39;s Rights Director for England Julian Brown ... with Disabilities Bromley and Bexley SEND Pathfinder Point Ev W197 Ev W199 Ev W200 Ev W201 Ev W203 Ev W206 anbsp;...
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-12-19|