Children get more support

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PORTSMOUTH City Council is to get greater help from the government to care for children with special needs.

A team of councils including Cornwall, Portsmouth and Southampton have been named the south west pathfinder champion for the government’s Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms.

The local authorities will help teams in neighbouring councils prepare for the changes, which will give families greater control over the support they get. The government recently announced the biggest transformation to SEND support for 30 years.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: ‘With less than five months to go until the introduction of our new reforms, the work of these regional champions is vital to ensure all local authorities, schools, colleges and health care services are ready to implement the changes.’