The Second Reading debate took place on 2 July, starting at 4.30 and continuing to 10.30 pm. Over 50 peers spoke during the debate, many of them raising concerns expressed by the SEN sector.
You can read the briefing the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) and Council for Disabled Children (CDC) jointly produced ahead of the debate.
Afasic is a member of both SEC and CDC which are umbrella organisations representing the interests of children with special educational needs and disabilities respectively.
The Children and Families Bill now moves on to the Committee Stage. This involves a detailed scrutiny of each clause, and represents our best chance of getting the wording of the Bill amended to safeguard the rights of children and young people with SEN.
In the meantime, Edward Timpson, the Minister in charge of the Bill, has written an open letter to CDC, promising to continue a constructive dialogue. The letter also contains information about progress towards producing a new Code of Practice and devising arrangements for the annual reviews of the new Education, Health and Care Plans. You can read the letter on the CDC website.
You can also read previous Afasic news articles about the Bill.