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Every Disabled Child Matters campaign publishes results of survey on Government SEN and disability reforms


The Every Disabled Child Matters campaign (EDCM) has today (Thursday 12th July) published the results of a survey on the Government's proposals to reform the special educational needs (SEN) and disability system. 85% of respondents to this survey were parents of carers of disabled children.

40% of respondents thought reforms will 'make things worse' and 10% thought the reforms would 'not change anything', whereas only 13% thought that the measures would 'make things better'.

Respondents demonstrated a good understanding of the key concepts of current reforms - for example, replacing statements of special educational need, introducing a single assessment process and plan, introducing a right to a personal budget. They agreed with the Government that the system needs to be improved, but warned that current proposals risk making it more difficult to gain support: 'The message is positive but the reality is that those families that have a child or children without a Statement of Special Educational Need will not be supported by them.'

When asked what the Government should be doing, the highest number of recommendations related to social care and family support outside of school - including social work support, short breaks, child care, sibling support, peer support and key working.

View EDCM's report here.