Debbie Thomas, Policy and Campaigns Officer Wales
The Minister for Lifelong Learning is making a big decision this summer – we need your help to persuade him to make
For example, the proposed law would allow families to appeal to tribunal if they were unhappy with a plan… but only for the parts provided by their school or local authority.
If support happens to be paid for by health, even if it is educational support like speech and language therapy, families would have complain to the NHS instead.
Another point is that health bodies would be able to withdraw educational support– even if it is written in a support plan.
Along with other third sector organisations, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru has lobbied for the proposed law to toughen up on health boards.
Assembly Members tasked with scrutinising the proposed new law agree with us and have recommended that the draft law be changed so that any support within a learner’s plan is backed up by a family’s right to take a case to tribunal.
Having to use two different complaints systems seems confusing. We want a single robust, consistent and accessible system.
But the Minister has said he is still sitting on the fence. He has stated that he will use the summer to come to a decision about whether or not to make this change to the draft law.
There’s just a couple of weeks to go before the Minister is due to make a decision, please help us urge the Minister to address this important issue before it’s too late.
Our online action means that you can do this in just a few clicks. It only takes a minute so please take action now!
What is the new law?
The Welsh Government’s Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill is currently working its way through the political passages at the Welsh Assembly. If it successfully passes and becomes law, it will change the way in which support for learners with additional needs is planned for.
The new law would affect deaf children, young people and their families all over Wales.
You can find out more information and access our Q&A on the proposed new law here.
Don’t underestimate the power of taking part in an e-action!
I’m guilty myself of looking at e-actions and wondering whether one more signature or one email from me will really make a difference. But it really does.
The National Deaf Children’s Society has a history of achieving good results through e-actions. Just last year, supporters in Wales took part in an e-action to send a template response to a Welsh Government consultation. As a result, our supporters made up a fabulous 28% of the total responses and the Government report that followed had a specific section outlining our concerns about how its proposals would affect deaf children.
We need your help again to shout out about this very important issue. It only takes a few clicks, so please take action now and then spread the word to your family and friends – the more people who take part the better!