Our children are the future, but prolonged waiting times for vital children's services in Solihull & Shirley threaten to overshadow that future. Particularly concerning are the delays for speech and language appointments and ASD assessments.
While early access to these services can profoundly shape a child's educational journey and overall well-being, the ramifications of prolonged waits extend far beyond immediate medical or developmental concerns. Currently, these delays impede the acquisition or review of an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) — crucial instruments ensuring that children with special educational needs receive the bespoke support they merit.
In recognizing the gravity of this situation, I intend to raise this pressing matter with relevant ministers, urging them to recognize the cascading effects of these waiting times. It's not just about health; it's about education, social integration, and the very future of our community.
In Parliament, I'm actively pushing for greater interdepartmental collaboration, so that the health and education sectors can work in tandem to tackle these challenges head-on. My commitment is to bridge the existing gaps and streamline the process to ensure timely assessments, leading to swifter and more efficient support for our children.
Investment in our children isn’t merely a short-term obligation but a pledge to their long-term success and our community's vitality. I am working relentlessly to ensure that our government and local authorities synchronize their efforts, prioritizing our children’s well-being and guaranteeing access to the services they so desperately need.
Our children, our community, and our future deserve nothing less than our unwavering dedication and action. I pledge to continue my relentless advocacy on their behalf.