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Health and Social Care

Volume 709: debated on Monday 28 February 2022

Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services

The following is an extract from the Westminster Hall debate on Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services on 9 February 2022.

The issue for many years has been the lack of a national strategy, but that is changing. What we want, when pilot studies show good initial results, is to roll them out across the country. In the next year, on top of the £1.5 billion spent in the past two years, we are providing an additional £1 billion of high-needs funding for the education of children with more complex needs. The aim of that funding is to reduce waiting lists and variations in practice, make navigation pathways less complex, and improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 383WH.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield).

Errors have been identified in my remarks in the Westminster Hall debate on Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services.

The correct remarks should have been:

The issue for many years has been the lack of a national strategy, but that is changing. What we want, when pilot studies show good initial results, is to roll them out across the country. In the next year, on top of the £1.5 billion spent in the past two years, we are providing an additional £1 billion of high-needs funding for the education of children with SEND. The aim of that £13 million funding is to reduce waiting lists and variations in practice, make navigation pathways less complex, and improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.