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(UK) N. Yorkshire: More places for severe autism; "number to continue to grow"

Feb 28, 2022, N. Yorkshire County Council: Proposal to increase provision for children with complex needs related to autism

N. England

We are seeking the go-ahead to expand provision at a North Yorkshire school, so it can meet the needs of children and young people with complex needs related to autism. Under the proposal, Welburn Hall School in Kirkbymoorside, Ryedale, would provide up to 12 boarding places for up to seven nights a week during term-time for pupils aged eight to 19. The residential places would be provided for children and young people with a range of learning and communication needs including Autism, speech and language needs and moderate and severe learning difficulties. Currently, many of these children and young people attend independent, residential special schools out of the county, in order to meet their needs. But they are often long distances away from their families and communities…. …The number of children with complex needs, including Autism, is expected to continue to grow over the coming years…. We ran a public consultation on options for Welburn Hall School between October 14 to December 2, which included an online survey and a series of events for parents, carers, professionals and the public. The council’s Youth Engagement Team also worked with pupils to gather their views. A total of 74 responses were received, the majority of which were positive, with 84 per cent of people agreeing, or strongly agreeing with the proposal to provide residential places to children with complex needs….


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