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Contact CEO gives evidence to Education Select Committee SEND inquiry

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Contact's Chief Executive this morning spoke in Parliament about the need to strengthen support for families in education, health and social care. Amanda Batten spoke as CEO of Contact and Chair of the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP).

Amanda focused her evidence on the role parent carer forums have played in the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms, highlighting the importance of involving parents in decision making at a strategic level. She explained that the SEN support section of the Code of Practice must be stronger, and also made the case for more fundamental legislative changes to rationalise and simplify the legal framework around health and social care.

The Education Committee's new inquiry is intended to review the success of the SEND reforms - introduced in 2014 - how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

In the last evidence session, DCP Campaign Manager Stephen Kingdom contributed to a discussion on parental confidence.

If you want to listen to the latest evidence session including Amanda's contribution, you can listen on the Parliament Live website.