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Legal Update: SEND Review and green paper

Qaisar Sheikh, head of education law and senior solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, outlines the key proposals and flaws in the government’s intended reforms to the special educational needs system.

Legal Update: Issues SEND review must solve

Delayed government review must improve access to good-quality support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, says the Child Law Advice Service's Richard Oldershaw.

Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

Inspections: Regulatory work continues

Many Ofsted inspections have been put on hold during lockdown, but the regulator now plans to scale up its activity in social care to protect vulnerable children. Jo Stephenson investigates.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Progress in SEND

With many areas struggling to meet expected standards for special educational needs and disability provision, senior Ofsted leaders outline to Jo Stephenson the characteristics of a good quality service.

Securing support for children with SEN

In the context of funding shortfalls for children with special educational needs, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram, looks at the increase in appeals against local authority decisions.

Inspections Clinic: Supporting pupil attainment

Narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and better-off peers is a key challenge for leaders across all types of schools and one which Ofsted is keeping a close eye on, reports Jo Stephenson.

Legal Update: Disabilities and school exclusions

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the impact of a landmark ruling on school exclusions for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Recognising and Responding to Young People With Learning Disabilities Who Experience, or Are at Risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK

Findings from recent studies suggest there is an increased risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) for young people with learning disabilities. However, there is a lack of evidence concerning how best to protect, identify and support these young people. This exploratory study aimed to address this gap by examining the identification of, and support for sexually exploited young people with learning disabilities.

Councils face EHC plan deadline

Kamena Dorling, group head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the need for local authorities to transfer children onto education, health and care plans by the end of March.