Tuesday 28 July 2020 / 12:01 AM Tulip Siddiq

Physical and mental health of children with SEND has deteriorated in this pandemic – Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to a survey showing that 75% of schools ignored Government risk assessment guidance during the lockdown, said:

“The physical and mental health of many children with SEND has deteriorated in this pandemic, and we know that their families have felt abandoned.

“The Government has failed to show the leadership needed to ensure SEND provision was not overlooked during this crisis. The sad result is that risk assessments have been few and far between and very few children with SEND have had their needs met.

“There must now be a laser-like focus on ensuring that schools and local authorities can get every child back to school safely in September, with proper support for vulnerable children and those with SEND.”

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Notes to editors:

  • A survey of 1,000 parents by the Special Needs Jungle website during June 2020 found that 75% of children and young people with SEND either did not have, or their parents did not know if they had, a risk assessment to support their attendance in school during the coronavirus lockdown, despite Government guidance which stated that all schools should conduct a risk assessment, in co-production with parents, to support their disabled children’s attendance. The survey also showed that only 18% reported their child or young person’s schools or college had offered them the SEND provision they needed in order to complete their work.