We want to support keeping children and young people in Lambeth to reduce the number of out-of-borough placements for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

We recently consulted you about your priorities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Families are telling us we must offer a mix of inclusive mainstream schools, specialist resource bases, special schools and specialist colleges in Lambeth so that, as far as possible, all our children and young people can be educated within their local community.

To support keeping young people in Lambeth we are hopeful that, subject to consultation and a clear plan, we can access up to £1.2m over 3 years from 2018/19 to invest in provision for children and young people with education, health and care plans (EHC) aged 0-25 years.

We are consulting you on a proposal to provide capital investment in Lambeth to assist in the reduction of the number and cost of independent, non-maintained placements and reduce the number of out-of-borough placements for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Whilst we need to be realistic in what this relatively small amount of capital funding will provide, given that the cost of a brand new special school, for example, would be well over £10 million, we believe that this money can help us invest in this area.

The consultation will run from Friday 19 to Sunday 18 Feb 2018. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to respond

This consultation ended on Sunday 18 February 2018 and is now closed for responses.