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Department for Education announces £45m funding for young people with SEN

Wednesday 29th November 2017

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced two years of funding for parent carer forums across England.

Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill has put forward £4.6 million to support the work between parent carer forums and local decision makers.

The minister also committed £29 million for local authorities and an additional £9.7 million for supported internships.

Mr Goodwill said:

"We have taken action to fundamentally reform support for children with special educational needs (SEN), making sure that families are at the heart of the process and care plans are tailored to individuals - and our survey of parents tells us that this has made a difference to so many of these families.

"Councils are making encouraging progress, but there is still work to be done to fully embed this improved system across education, health and care sectors.

"That's why I am pleased to announce this additional investment for councils and other groups who have been instrumental in getting us to this positive stage. Their hard work is raising the aspirations of these young people and giving them access to the same opportunities as their peers, helping them fulfill their full potential as adults."

Gail Walshe, Head of Parent Carer Participation at Contact, said: "Parent carer participation and the culture of co-production has been growing year on year. We are therefore pleased that ongoing funding for parent carer forums has been confirmed as it will ensure the voice of parent carers continues to be at the heart of all strategic decisions that affect children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families."

The funding for forums was initially announced by Stuart Miller, Deputy Director SEN and Disability Unit at the DfE, at the annual Contact and National Network of Parent Carer Forums National Conference, which brings together parent carer forums from across the country.

The funding will go to support the development of parent carer participation in England.

Are you interested in joining a parent carer forum?

Parent carer participation is when parents and professionals work together, recognising each other's expert knowledge, to make informed decisions about children's services that make the best use of people's time and money.

A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.

If this sounds like something for you, find out more in our parent carer participation section.