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(UK) Norfolk: NEW PLACES "for children with complex needs"; more for autism

Updated: Jan 11

Jan 6, 2020, Eastern Daily Press: Community asked to have their say on plan to create 10 special needs bases https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/people-asked-to-have-their-say-on-a-plan-to-create-10-special-needs-bases-norfolk-county-council-consultation-1-6453304 People are being asked to share their views on a plan to create more than 140 new places at mainstream schools across Norfolk for children with complex needs. The proposal would see new places provided through specialist referral bases (SRBs) at 10 different locations across the county. The idea is part of Norfolk County Council's £120m transformation of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) schooling. Of the 10 proposed SRBs, five are planned for children with autism - four of which would be brand new and one would replace and expand on an existing facility. Another four SRBs would be for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and one base would be for youngsters with learning and cognition (L&C) needs…. John Fisher, NCC cabinet member for children's services, said the proposal was another step forward in the council's pledge to transform education for children with special needs. … He said: "Youngsters with special educational needs can be educated effectively in a range of mainstream or specialist settings.