Robert Halfon commends work of Harlow-based charity, PACT for Autism, during debate in Parliament
Charity / Fri 30th Mar 2018 am31 10:00am
Robert Halfon commends work of Harlow-based Autism charity, PACT for Autism, during debate on Autism in Parliament
TO support Autism Awareness Week, Harlow MP Robert Halfon spoke during an important debate on autism in the House of Commons. He commended the work of Harlow-based charity, PACT for Autism, for the support they offer to autistic children and adults across the country.
The Harlow MP also raised his Education Committee’s ongoing inquiry into alternative provision. He noted that the children who are in alternative provision are the most vulnerable. Compared to their peers, they are seven times more likely to have a special educational nee and ten times more likely to have a recognised mental health problem. Disappointingly, autistic children are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than any other child.
Robert put forward ideas on early intervention, teacher training and the use of the Apprenticeships Levy to better support autistic young people.
Both the Minister and Shadow Minister responding to the debate recognised Robert’s work and contribution.
Commenting on the debate, he said:
“I was very pleased to be able to speak in the House of Commons debate on autism today, in my capacity as MP for Harlow and as Education Select Committee Chair. I work closely with PACT for Autism and I have seen first-hand the amazing work they do to support the families of autistic children and adults. I was also able to raise a number of important issues that have be brought to my attention through the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into alternative provision.
I am committed to helping all children and young people climb the educational ladder of opportunity. All children should have the opportunity to learn in schools that meet their needs but it is vital that young people are also supported to move into the world of work.”
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