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Council and health chiefs in Hull have been criticised by inspectors for "weaknesses and inconsistencies" in their leadership of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

Ofsted has condemned the "unacceptable" treatment of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by mainstream schools.

Spit hood use on children more than doubles

By Nina Jacobs |

13 December 2017

Instances of the controversial practice of police using spit hoods on children have risen dramatically this year, according to figures obtained by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (Crae).

Inspectors have criticised "significant weaknesses" in the quality of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Oxfordshire.

Inspectors have praised the quality of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Solihull, including unaccompanied asylum seekers and looked-after children.

All four members of the board of the Social Mobility Commission have quit in protest at a lack of support from government.

Mental health support for children and young people will be made available in schools and colleges under government plans to improve services.

DfE announces further £45m for SEND reforms

By Joe Lepper |

01 December 2017

Councils will be provided with a further £45m in funding to ensure they can meet the looming deadline for overhauling support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the Department for Education has said.

Robust staff training plans are needed to reduce the use of restraint of under-18s who have learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs, draft government guidance has said.

Inspectors have raised concerns about the quality of services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Oldham.