Parents’ complaints about a lack of educational provision and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has surged, an ombudsman has found.

Vulnerable young people are increasingly being failed by a system “in crisis” that is meant to support them, according to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO).

The number of complaints about education, health and care (EHC) plans, which set out a child’s needs and the support they are entitled to, rose by 45 per cent between 2017 and 2019.

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