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Efforts to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Cambridgeshire through counselling have been praised by inspectors, after the move contributed to a reduction in school exclusions.

Former children's minister Tim Loughton has described an apparent lack of firm government plans to improve services for children and young people as "concerning".

Inspectors have ordered council and health chiefs in Middlesbrough to explain how they plan to address "significant weaknesses" in their support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Charity backs overhaul of SEND system

By Joe Lepper |

07 June 2017

A charity has said an overhaul of support for children with special educational needs is necessary because changes currently being implemented are restricting access to support for young people.

More than 46,000 children's operations were cancelled over the last four years, NHS statistics show.

Labour to scrap government's SEN reforms

By Neil Puffett |

06 June 2017

Labour will halt the introduction of education, health and care (EHC) plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), replacing it with a new system for providing support, the party has said.

Two councils are set to continue providing free school meals for all primary-age children until 2025 as part of a contract worth as much as £75m.

There has been a record increase in the number of children receiving additional support for special educational needs (SEN), with the figure rising by more than 30,000 in a single year.

The number of young people in contact with mental health services has passed the 240,000 mark, it has emerged.

One in three children's mental health workers say their service is suffering cutbacks or facing closure.