Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) held a protest in Southampton yesterday to call for more support.

The protest took place at Guildhall Square and aimed to raise awareness over the issues faced by SEND children.

SEND Reform England, the organisation behind the protest, is calling for a complete review of the education, health and care plan (EHCP) process, more specialist schools, adequate funding for mainstream schools to deliver EHCPs for SEND children, and appropriate teacher training on SEND children.

Daily Echo: Protest Organiser, Aimee Bradley, is fighting for her five year old son AshtonProtest Organiser, Aimee Bradley, is fighting for her five year old son Ashton (Image: Ross Marshall)

Aimee Bradley, organiser of the Southampton branch of SEND Reform, said: "The aim of the Southampton protest is to raise awareness of the growing number of children and families this broken system impacts.

"There needs to be a change right at the top of national government not just local authorities. It is such a huge list that needs to be tackled.

"We at SEND are working through each of these issues one by one to get the best for our children that have been neglected by the system.

"We are here today to raise awareness – if you don’t have a SEND child it is very likely you have not heard of these issues."