Our response to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Inquiry
Read our response to the inquiry carried out by the Education Committee on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Earlier this year, the Education Committee launched an inquiry into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). YoungMinds have responded to this inquiry and you can read our full response below.
YoungMinds’ response to this inquiry is based on the responses we received from surveys with children and young people who have mental health conditions, and their parents / carers. The survey looked at how mental health conditions affect a young person’s learning, and the availability and quality of educational support offered to young people who have mental health conditions.
These surveys reveal that there is variation in the provision and quality of SEND support for children and young people experiencing mental health problems, with children, young people and their families often feeling there is a lack of understanding about the impact that mental ill health can have on a person’s ability to learn.
We have called on the Committee to look at the provision of SEND support for children and young people with mental health conditions, to investigate the coordination between local agencies, and to examine communication with children, young people and their families.