The Children and Families Bill will have its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 5th February 2014.
SCYJ are working in conjunction with the Special Educational Consortium to brief Peers around how the Bill’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) provisions apply to children in custody. As originally drafted, the Bill’s new SEN framework did not apply to children in custody at all. We have been working with the Government to change this.
The Government laid amendments at Report Stage, which sought to apply the new SEN framework to children in custody. Whilst we welcomed these amendments, we felt there was room to go further. We are delighted that the Government has now laid further amendments for Third Reading, which we believe will significantly improve the position of children and young people with SEN in custody. Our Third Reading briefing for Peers welcomes and supports the Government’s amendments.