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By Sally Millar on Tuesday 13th March, 2012 at 5:26pm
There are just a few days left before the Consultation of the Doran Review closes (Friday 16th March). Please - Scotland only - all parents of children with complex additional support needs, and all professionals who work with such children - send in a response to have your say!
Your input could have a huge effect on the kind of changes to be made to educational provision for children with complex additional support needs in Scotland, for the future.
There is a form to fill in here or you can send in your own letter or email, with your answers and comments on the 4 key questions:
* How satisfied you are with the processes to identify your childs care, health and learning needs.* How well informed you feel about schools and services that could help their child.* How well nurseries or schools and other services such as Health and Social Work are meeting your child's needs.* How well supported you and your child feel when he or she is preparing to leave and settling into a new school, or leaving school to go on to adult services.
Children and young people with complex additional support needs face multiple barriers to their learning and development. These factors may relate to the learning environment, family circumstances, disability or health needs or a combination of these. To make progress and achieve their potential, the children and young people with complex additional support needs require assistance from specialist professionals in addition to parents/carers and staff in schools and education authorities.
The Doran Review is currently looking at how best to provide for the needs of Scottish children and young people with the most complex learning needs. Children and young people with additional support needs may attend a mainstream nursery or school in their local education authority or a specialist nursery, day or residential school, within or outside their home area. Children and young people with complex additional support needs require individualised programmes of support from educational services and other services such as health, social work and voluntary organisations. The Review will consider how well the assessment, support, funding and decision making processes that already exist locally and nationally are working. The Review Group will use their findings to make recommendations to the Scottish Government by Summer 2012 as to how these aspects could be improved or changed.