I signed the Bristol SEND Community Alliance manifesto because I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to flourish and thrive.
For too long, children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Bristol have been let down.
250 children and young people left without a specialist school place. Unacceptable delays in the issuing of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). A lack of transparency and accountability, with parents and carers unable to have their voices heard. Families left to fight to have their child’s basic needs met.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
I want to live in a caring city, which values every child the same and champions equality of opportunity. If I am elected Mayor, I will fight for children and young people with SEND, as well as their families, to get the help and the support that they need.
I am proud to have signed the Bristol SEND Community Alliance manifesto, which includes calls for: support for the 250 children without a suitable school place, lobbying of central government, comprehensive data, meetings between parent reps and the senior leadership in the city, assigned caseworkers for families, and independent training for staff. These measures are about investing in the futures of children and young people with SEND.
No child should be left behind. It’s time to stop the SEND crisis in Bristol.