Reform in education and health support for children identified with special educational needs: new Green Paper


The report includes:

"Our proposed reforms respond to the frustrations of children and young people, their families and the professionals who work with them. We want to put in place a radically different system to support better life outcomes for young people; give parents confidence by giving them more control; and transfer power to professionals on the front line and to local communities.

To support better life outcomes for young people from birth to adulthood we will help professionals: identify and meet children's needs early by ensuring that health services and early education and childcare are accessible to all children; work in partnership with parents to give each child support to fulfil their potential; and join up education, health and social care to provide families with a package of support that reflects all of their needs."

This publication marks the start of a four month period of consultation and a period of testing proposals in local areas from September 2011. The Department for Education will work across government and with local and national partners to set out detailed plans by the end of the year.

The consultation will run from 9 March to 30 June, and the Department welcomes your views. To access the Green Paper please click here