Parents of children with special educational needs attempting suicide as schools lock them out, report suggests

Parents of children with special educational needs (SEND) have attempted suicide amid a battle to secure school places and adequate support for their offspring, a report from a cross-party group of MPs has found. The Independent reports.

Some families have been forced to give up their jobs, sell their belongings and remortgage their homes amid a “failing” system, the Education Select Committee found after an 18-month inquiry.

Parents currently need a combination of “special knowledge and social capital” to navigate the system and even then they are often left “exhausted” by the experience, the report says.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chair of the committee, said: “Families are often forced to wade through a treacle of bureaucracy, in a system which breeds conflict and despair as parents try to navigate a postcode lottery of provision.”

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