Parents’ complaints about support for special needs children surges as ombudsman warns of ‘system in crisis’

Vulnerable young people are increasingly being failed by a system “in crisis” that is meant to support them, according to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO). The Independent reports

The number of complaints about education, health and care (EHC) plans, which set out a child’s needs and the support they are entitled to, rose by 45 per cent between 2017 and 2019.

Some families have faced delays of up to 90 weeks when waiting for a plan for their child, while councils have attempted to “farm out responsibilities to parents”, the report says.

Ombudsman Michael King said: “I am now particularly concerned some authorities may be putting in place extra barriers to ration scarce resources, rather than basing support on children’s needs.

“While I can empathise with the difficulties authorities face, there can never be an excuse for failing to meet the statutory rights of children.”

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