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Crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively with increasing numbers of families turning instead to food banks and other voluntary agencies for help, a report has found.

The Department for Education is looking to boost support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by overhauling the way they are assessed in schools.

The number of children being refused formal special educational needs (SEN) support following an assessment has more than tripled since ambitious government reforms came into effect in 2014, it has emerged.

A total of £4.5m has been set aside for councils to establish initiatives to support children of alcoholics and dependent drinkers, it has been announced.

Relationship and sexuality education is to become compulsory in all schools in Wales from the age of five, it has been announced.

One in three councils are yet to consider how they will replace local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with new arrangements for multi-agency working, a study has found.

More than one in three councils in England plan to reduce support for deaf children this year, figures collected by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) reveal.

Nearly a third of children being referred to specialist mental health services by their schools are being denied treatment, an investigation has found.

DfE provides £27m to boost SEND support

By Neil Puffett |

11 May 2018

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is to receive a boost, with the Department for Education confirming three new contracts with a total value of £27m as part of efforts to improve provision.

Government plans to improve young people's mental health support "lack ambition and will provide no help to the majority of children who desperately need it", a report by MPs has concluded.