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Parents face much the same problems as they did 10 years ago in terms of accessing support for children with speech, language and communication needs, a study has found.

The government is to spend up to £26m of the proceeds from a new tax on sugary drinks to open more breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas.

A new £4m fund to develop new ways to help children with additional needs move from alternative provision into mainstream education or special schools has been announced.

Too many children and young people find themselves at "crisis point" before receiving mental health support because health care, education and other public services are not working together as effectively as they could, a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), published today, has found.

Local authorities are struggling to transfer all children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to new education, health and care (EHC) plans by the April deadline, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned.

Government plans to improve mental health support for young people represent a missed opportunity because they fail to acknowledge that many problems they face are the result of public spending cuts, a group representing psychologists has said.

Social media companies should be made to publish data on how well they are dealing with online bullying, according to an inquiry.

Zahawi rules out ringfencing school SEN funding

By Tristan Donovan |

22 February 2018

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has rejected suggestions from the Labour Party that the government should protect the money it gives to schools to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Corbyn calls for national action on life skills

By Sophie Eminson |

20 February 2018

Young people should get more help to develop life skills and manage their emotions as part of efforts to improve their prospects, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Health, education and council chiefs in Medway have been criticised by inspectors for failing to work together to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).