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Legal support plans for ASN children ‘in terminal decline’

Children with additional needs

The legally binding support plans for children with additional support needs (ASN) are “in terminal decline”, an academic has warned.

According to Professor Sheila Riddell, an inclusion expert at the University of Edinburgh, the number of children with ASN has “rapidly increased” and yet the number of coordinated support plans (CSPs) has declined. If this worrying trend continues, CSPs, she warned, may “virtually disappear”.

For anyone not familiar with CSPs, they’re the only education documents with legal force in Scotland, and they outline how various services, such as education and health ...

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