The comments by Tulip Siddiq, the Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, on 28 July 2020.
The physical and mental health of many children with SEND has deteriorated in this pandemic, and we know that their families have felt abandoned.
The Government has failed to show the leadership needed to ensure SEND provision was not overlooked during this crisis. The sad result is that risk assessments have been few and far between and very few children with SEND have had their needs met.
There must now be a laser-like focus on ensuring that schools and local authorities can get every child back to school safely in September, with proper support for vulnerable children and those with SEND.