The Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls on the Scottish Government to urgently review how local authorities are supporting children and young people with complex and high level needs.
We respond to the Education and Skills Committee report on additional support needs, warning of a ‘lost generation’ of vulnerable children and young people.
We call for incoming council administrations and the Scottish Government to act urgently and increase funding as new figures highlight an 11% cut in additional support for learning spend per pupil since 2012/13.
The number of pupils identified with autism, dyslexia and other conditions has increased dramatically, reinforcing call for greater support
The SCSC has called for clearer guidance in the way figures on the numbers of those with additional support needs (ASN) is collected.
Sophie Pilgrim, Director of Kindred, writes for Friends of the Scotsman. On behalf of the SCSC she asks how, in these times of austerity, will we fund the rising cost of education for children with Additional Support Needs?
The SCSC raises concerns that thousands of Scottish children and young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN), such as those with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, autism and care experience, may not be getting the support they are entitled to.
Thousands of Scottish children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) may not be getting the support they need according to the SCSC, making it harder to close the educational attainment gap.
Niall Kelly, Managing Director Young Foundations, writes for Friends of the Scotsman. On behalf of the SCSC he calls for a renewed focus on supporting children and young people with Additional Support Needs if we are to close the educational attainment gap.
Liz May, National Co-ordinator for Action for Sick Children Scotland and SCSC member, writes in Third Force News on the opportunity the new Scottish Government has to deliver greater equality of opportunity.