Andrew Gwynne has supported calls from the Seashell Trust for care and education support for young people with complex needs.

Seashell Trust provide learning, care, residential and other support services for children and young people who have severe and complex disabilities combined with significant learning and communication difficulties. The trust incorporates the Royal School Manchester and the Royal College Manchester, an independent specialist further education college, and offers a range of provision for young people aged 2 to 25. The trust also offers a range of family support services, short break facilities for children and young people who do not have an educational placement at the trust, and programmes of care designed to promote independence and build self-esteem.

Gwynne met representatives from Seashell Trust at an event to welcome a new study on the socioeconomic impact of the charity’s holistic assessment, care and education provision for children and young people with very complex needs. The report reveals that the work of Seashell Trust has resulted in an increased independence and employment opportunities for students, reduced mental and physical health costs, and a reduced risk of harmful or criminal behaviour.

Andrew Gwynne MP, said:

“Seashell Trust do vital work in supporting families and changing young lives across Denton and Reddish. This new report shows the difference they are making to some of the most vulnerable children in our community, and the much needed support that provide to parents.

“The Government need to support the work that the Seashell Trust are doing by ensuring that funding genuinely meets the needs of all learners – rather than cutting education budgets even further.”

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