Sunderland to get slice of £2million special needs shake up pot

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SUNDERLAND is set to get a slice of £2million funding to prepare for a shake-up in support for people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Government says the money will support councils in giving young people and parents greater say over their personalised care and assistance.

It will also put in place a new birth-to-25 system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Sunderland City Council has been allocated £227,400, South Tyneside Council, £145,459 and Durham County Council, £391,205.

The Government has also published a new easier-to-read Code of Practice, which offers practical advice for councils, schools and hospitals to ensure they are providing the new support.

The reforms, part of the Children and Families Act, will include replacing 
statements of special educational needs assessments with a new birth-to-25 education, health and care plan, setting out in one place all the support which families will receive.

They also require better co-operation between councils and health services to make sure services are jointly planned, giving parents and young people with care plans the offer of a personal budget, introducing mediation for disputes and new legal rights for children and young people with a care plan to express a preference for schools.