Official figures show that 60% of children in Care have Special Educational Needs*, with many having some form of Neurodisability such as ASD or ADHD. But there is currently no automatic assessment and Social Workers may have limited knowledge of these conditions which means the support that they are able to provide and the decisions that they take about placements may be flawed. This is both costly and can be highly distressing to the child whose needs aren't being met by their 'corporate parent'.

There is a proposed amendment to the 'Children and Social Work' bill which is currently going through Parliament.
The amendment (below) is expected to receive widespread support. It simply sets out the need for those entering care to be assessed for a hidden neurodisability, and for social workers to have sufficient training to be able to look after them appropriately.

Please give your voice to help improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable children. Just take 2 minutes to complete this form to say you agree with this addition to the Bill (or if you would prefer to comment please do).

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] 2016-17 for the United Kingdom Parliament
Publication: HL Bill 57(c) Amendment for Report

LORD RAMSBOTHAM
LORD HUNT OF KINGS HEATH
Page 2, line 13, at end insert—
“( ) A local authority in England must, in carrying out functions in relation to the
children and young people mentioned in subsection (2)—
(a) undertake a screening of the children and young people to identify any
neurodevelopmental disorders or neurodisability needs, as listed in
subsection (3);
(b) ensure that those working with the children and young people are
trained in awareness of neurodevelopmental disorders and
neurodisability needs; and
(c) ensure appropriate support is provided for those of the children and
young people mentioned in subsection (2) who have
neurodevelopmental or neurodisability needs.”
Page 2, line 24, at end insert—
““neurodisability” includes—
(a) intellectual disabilities;
(b) specific learning disabilities;
(c) communication disorders;
(d) attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD);
(e) autism spectrum disorders (ASD);
(f) traumatic brain injury (TBI);
(g) epilepsy;
(h) foetal alcohol syndrome

*https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/outcomes-for-children-lookedafter-by-las-31-march-2015
The Bill: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2016-17/childrenandsocialwork.html

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* 1. Would you agree that those supporting looked-after children and taking decisions about their care should have sufficient understanding of conditions such as ASD and ADHD? Do give us your opinion if you would like to....

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* 2. Do you agree with the proposed amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill?

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* 3. If you are from an organisation or charity, please give it's name:

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* 4. Your name:

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* 5. Please provide a contact email if you would like to hear what happens

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* 6. Finally, if you have a personal story you would like to share with us, please tell us here. (Please say if you don't want us to use it - we would only do so anonymously of course.)

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