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Have your say on support for children and young people with additional needs

Published
06.06.2018

School is a challenge for some children, particularly those with learning difficulties or who struggle to cope with life at school. Gloucestershire County Council is asking for your views on how they can support them better.

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The number of young people in the county who rely on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to get support in school is increasing.  The EHCP can play an important role for many children with additional needs, but the county council want to ensure that children’s needs are identified early and the right support is put in place.

Changes and improvements need to be made so that the funding for children and young people with additional needs is used more effectively. This is not about spending less, but spending it in a better way for children.

The council is looking for views on the way they allocate funding through the high needs budget and how they can improve the support we provide to children, young people and their families.

People are being asked to have their say by taking part in an online consultation: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/high-needs-consultation

The consultation has now launched and will run until Tuesday 31st July.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people said “Supporting all children and young people in the county to achieve their ambitions is a must. We believe there are changes we can make that will be more effective at helping children who struggle at school. The consultation is also a chance for parents, carers, children, young people and those who work with them to have their say on how we can improve the way we work.”

You can complete the consultation online www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/high-needs-consultation or to request a paper copy, contact highneedsprogramme@gloucestershire.gov.uk or call 01452 328488 / 01452 328932

For more information about the consultation please go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/high-needs-programme