The Scottish Government yesterday published the report 'The Right Help at the right time in the right place' after the Doran Review conducted a strategic review of learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs.
The Scottish Government has accepted 16 of the 21 recommendations of the Doran review in full and a further three in part. The remaining two recommendations are for local authorities to consider.
The press release from the Scottish Government stated:
Move to improve services for vulnerable children and young people
Children with complex additional support needs will have access to high quality services delivered where possible in their community.
This is one of the main recommendations in the Doran review, published today, to provide the best opportunities for children in Scotland with complex additional support needs.
The main findings of the review are:
Dr Alasdair Allan (Minister for Learning, Science & Scotland's Languages) said:
"We are fully committed to supporting the 98,000 children and young people with additional support needs in Scotland, and providing them with the best opportunities to fulfil their potential. To match this commitment I can confirm today that we are maintaining over £10 million per year of funding to the additional support needs sector for the lifetime of the current spending review.
"I thank Peter Doran for his report and all of those who contributed to it. Scotland can rightly be proud of its inclusive approach to education for those with complex additional support needs. While our record is good the review clearly articulates the views of parents, children and young people and professionals on the areas we need to improve.
"We will now work to reform services, to deliver more services in local communities closer to where people need them and in partnership with the sector, local authorities, parents and pupils. We are clear that, for some, their needs will be better met by specialist services. This will continue. Detail of the process of reform is outlined in our long term plan for Additional Support for Learning which I am also pleased to announce today."
Dr Allan has written a response to the Doran Review accepting 16 of the 21 recommendations and a further 3 recommendations in part. The Scottish Government has also produced a question and answer sheet for parents to help answer some of the concerns they may have about the report.
Janice MacNeill, Principal at Donaldson's School, has responded to the Doran Review in a press statement on behalf of the school:
"Donaldson's School is pleased that today's announcement on the Doran Review clearly places the child at the centre of all decision making, and reinforces the need for all agencies involved with children with Complex Additional Support Needs to work together in order to achieve the best outcomes for both the child and his/her family.
We welcome the planned Government support to help reform services and create more investment in teacher training. This gives us a very real opportunity to create a more vibrant sector through working in partnership, identifying and addressing unmet need and ensuring access to specialist resources for everyone involved in supporting vulnerable children. We look forward to working with LEAs, the Grant Aided and Independent sectors in the spirit of true partnership to share best practice and complement existing local services. Only through truly national provision can parents all over Scotland have confidence that their child's education, care and health needs can be met, wherever they may live.
Issues around future funding will obviously present new challenges to all parties but, with the support of the Scottish Government, it is hoped these can be surmounted by the development of a shared vision to ensure that this group of children and young people can access the highest quality of education and care appropriate to their complex and diverse needs."
14 November 2012
"We know that strategic commissioning will need to be developed in close partnership with all stakeholders and with a focus on outcomes for children and young people not on bureaucratic process. The Grant Aided Schools sector will require specific support to transition to this new model given that their current operational models have been determined by the funding approach that we have historically applied. We are committed to providing that support, including maintaining their funding across the spending review period, and greatly value the service that they provide and will continue to provide in the future."
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages