Invisible children

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Motion #35

THAT Conference agrees that every child is entitled to an education and that no child should be forgotten. Across the UK there are a growing number of children who are on a reduced timetable within school, are excluded from extracurricular activities and are not being allowed to access a broad and balanced curriculum, receiving little or no education, owing to their social and emotional difficulties.

Schools are at breaking point, CAMHS funding has been decimated, and there are no places in special schools and alternative provisions.

These vulnerable children are being overlooked and ignored; the length of time it is taking for a diagnosis or specialist provision to become available is impacting upon their and their families’ well-being.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

(i) lobby Government, highlighting the issues faced by these children and their families

(ii) work with parents and disability groups to research the extent of the problem, and

(iii) work with other organisations to discover the full extent of the underfunding of mental health services for children and young people and use this evidence to demand that the Government invests in the future mental well-being of pupils.