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Special Educational Needs: Young Offenders

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what special educational provision is available for adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after their release from a penal establishment. (172350)

Schools and local authorities are statutorily required to have regard to the SEN Code of Practice for children and young people whose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) entails special educational needs (SEN). The Code says that local authorities should have effective arrangements in place to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEN are assessed quickly and matched by appropriate provision, and that schools must do their best to ensure necessary provision is made for pupils with SEN.

For young people in the youth justice system, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) operate in each local area. Their role includes working with young offenders, including those preparing to leave custody, to develop appropriate resettlement plans to meet their needs—this includes co-ordinating access to education, training and health services.

The Children Act 2004 provides a statutory framework for co-operation between local authorities, partner agencies and other relevant organisations to improve outcomes for all children including those who have been diagnosed with ADHD.