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Putting Children and Young People with SEND at the Heart of the Health and Care Bill

As part of our Consultation and Policy work, this week Kay Moore (Consultation & Policy Lead) and Jacqui Watt (Participation Lead) attended the All Parliamentary Group for Children (APPG).

The NNPCF are a member of the Health and Policy Influencing Group (HPIG) which seeks to champion the needs of babies, children and young people (0-25) in the health service. 

The NNPCF welcome the Government’s focus on integrated services including the proposals within the Health & Care Bill to place Integrated Care Systems (ICS) on a statutory footing.  However, we have concerns that the bill does not do enough to bring the benefits of integrated working to children and families, and especially to those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

With the Health & Care Bill having recently entered the House of Lords, and second reading due to take place on Tuesday 7 December, this event provided an important opportunity to explore what good Integrated Care Systems look like for babies, children and young people, including those with SEND.

The event which was chaired by Tim Loughton MP and Baroness Tyler explored:

  • The challenges in the current system
  • What does good integrated care look like

Edward Argar MP, Minister for Health and Social Care, Simon Kenny, National Clinical Director for CYP, NHSE and Dames Rachel de Sousa, Children’s Commissioner for England heard how vital it is that ICSs deliver improved health and social care outcomes for all children, including those with SEND.

There has been some progress as the Minister for Health, Edward Argar MP, has recognised the importance of focusing on children and families in the ICS structures and has committed that the Government would develop bespoke guidance for ICS on meeting the needs of babies, children and young people.

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