Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Today at Women and Equalities Questions, I asked the Children’s Minister, Will Quince, what steps the Government is taking to help schools and local authorities provide appropriate support for autistic children.
Watch clip here.
The National Autistic Society’s ‘School Report’ recently revealed that a quarter of autistic children wait more than three years to get the help they need at school. Parents have described their efforts to get the right support for their children as leaving families “exhausted and on the edge of crisis”.
Bristol City Council has invested in its SEND workforce to address the backlog for EHCPs (Education Health Care Plans), but I am aware that both locally and nationally, this is still a significant problem.
I’m pleased that the Minister has offered a meeting to discuss educational support for autistic children – if you’ve had problems relating to this, I would like to hear from you.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your experiences.