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Wales: update on the transition from the SEN to the ALN system

The Welsh Government has recently issued two written ministerial statements updating the phased transition from the special education needs (SEN) system to the additional learning needs (ALN) system which we have previously reported on. The first statement announces that it has been decided to extend the time available to move children during the first year of implementation by one year. This means that children who ...
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De-institutionalising Parent Blame

Luke discusses the need for a change in practice that could transform the experiences of disabled children and their families when interacting with English children's services departments.
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University of Leeds Annual Report

The annual report report from the University of Leeds.
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Disabled Children and the Equality Act 2010: What teachers need to know and what schools need to do

Schools have a range of duties under the Equality Act 2010: to staff, as employees; to parents and others, where the school is providing a service to other people using the school; and to pupils, staff and others who share other protected characteristics as well as disability. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has recently published a guide which is designed to help teachers understand ...
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New report launched: Investing in early intervention

Too often children with learning disabilities and their families are unable to access the early years support and services they need. Cerebra in collaboration with The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Council for Disabled Children, University of Warwick and Mencap have today published a new report “Investing in early intervention”. Many families of disabled children struggle to get the right early support in the right place at ...
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Investing in early intervention

This report looks at why we should intervene early to support children with learning disabilities and their families, with examples from practice showing how it can be done.
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Loneliness and Parent Carer Mental Health

In addition to the Covid pandemic, there is another pandemic that has gained greater prominence lately; that of loneliness. It is therefore pertinent that this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on loneliness, acknowledging that Covid, lockdowns and social distancing have all highlighted just how important connection to others is. Loneliness has been defined as: ‘a subjective and unwelcome feeling which results from a mismatch in ...
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A Parent Carer Perspective Of Loneliness

When our son was born back in 2006, we envisaged a similar parental journey to that of our two older children, then aged 3 and 6, that of the never-ending birthday parties, play dates, nursery and school trips. To begin with everything seemed to be quite similar, I took Edward to a baby group, then a toddler group, I started thinking about primary school. I ...
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