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Fund additional support for children during the EHCP assessment process

Submitted by Chantelle Oldman smith on Saturday 21st January 2023

Published on Tuesday 24th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 24th July 2023

Current Signatures: 607
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Autistic ~ Child ~ Children ~ Education ~ Experienced ~ fund ~ Lack ~ Old ~ Parent ~ Schools ~ The Government ~ Time

Petition Action

Fund additional support for children during the EHCP assessment process

Petition Details

There is no difference in a child’s needs before and after an EHCP has been collated, so there should be no difference in the support provided. The Government should therefore provide additional funding to schools so that they are able to support children during this lengthy process.

Additional Information

As a parent of a 5-year old diagnosed autistic child I have experienced first hand the effect that lack of funding has on children awaiting EHCP. During this process I have met numerous professionals, other parents and children who are not receiving the support they need while an EHCP assessment is underway. Children are being put on reduced timetables for long periods of time or having to be educated in empty classrooms and losing education time with peers. It’s not good enough.

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