SCYJ and SEC welcome Government amendments to the Children and Families Bill

SCYJ and the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) warmly welcome Government amendments to the Children and Families Bill on Special Educational Need (SEN) provision for children in custody.

As originally drafted, the Bill excluded children from the new SEN framework set out in the Bill. We have been working with Government to change this.

The Government tabled amendments at House of Lords Report Stage. These were welcome but we felt there was room to go further. We are very pleased that the Government has now tabled further amendments for Third Reading in the House of Lords – which will take place on 5th February – which strengthen the way the new SEN framework applies to children in custody.

We believe these changes will significantly improve the position of children and young people with SEN in custody and have published a briefing for peers welcoming the Government’s amendments.