Catriona Moore has a background in policy and communications and has worked for a number of health, social care and disability organisations.
When her younger daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2009 shortly before her second birthday, Catriona found herself dealing in practice with things she’d previously thought she understood in principle.
She juggles her work as policy manager for a national charity with caring and advocating for her daughter. She's passionate about improving the lives of disabled children and their families, and making the systems that should support them work more transparently and equitably.
Catriona writes for Special Needs Jungle in a personal capacity, and all views expressed are her own.
Catriona's posts on SNJ
- A failure of Children and Families Act implementation does not mean rip it up and start again m’ludsThe Children and Families Act 2014 – a wide-ranging piece of legislation that includes the legal framework for supporting children…Continue reading »
- Why children with SEND in penal detention routinely fail to be given educational needs supportThe majority of children who find themselves in penal detention have some form of special educational needs. These needs are…Continue reading »
- Could the SEND Review’s “big ideas” wither on the vine of political uncertainty?Two Secretaries of State ago, back in the politically distant days of July, the House of Commons Education Select Committee…Continue reading »
- New SEND Minister, Kelly Tolhurst: many responsibilities but none so important as disabled children’s futuresWe’d begun to get a little paranoid at Special Needs Jungle that maybe no one really wanted children and young…Continue reading »
- Quince back on board with SEND as the Education Committee sends a shot across the bowsIt's finally been confirmed that Will Quince MP will continue to have political responsibility for SEND, and the SEND Review,…Continue reading »
- Behaviour management in schools: legally, the playing field has not been levelledAnd Alex Stafford, Solicitor, IPSEA legal team member, parent of teenager with SEND The publication at long last of the…Continue reading »
- #SENDReview Chapter 2 under the microscope: National standards, EHCP changes, and limiting choiceAs we continue our analysis of the SEND Green Paper, today we're looking at Chapter two, which includes consultation questions…Continue reading »
- We don’t need ”fundamental SEND reform”. Just sharpen the teeth of the legal system we already have.Getting the Children’s Minister’s attention at a webinar this week attended by 200 parents of children with SEND was an…Continue reading »
- Mr Zahawi: Publish the SEND Review—but make sure it solves the RIGHT problemA government reshuffle: it’s as good as anything else for a temporary distraction. There’s always the hope it might result…Continue reading »
- The SEND Tribunal single appeal route works. DfE must give families certainty it’s here to stayTribunal’s powers to make recommendations on health and social care 'to continue' – but why has it not been made…Continue reading »
- Minister admits legal entitlements for children with SEND are “up for review”The Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford MP, has admitted that existing legal entitlements for children and young people with SEND are…Continue reading »
- Children’s Social Care Review: Are disabled children ‘someone else’s’ problem?“It’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.” This line from the film…Continue reading »
- Why does Josh’s review seem to think disabled children are “Not Known to Social Care”?From what I can see, the independent review of children’s social care doesn't seem to be much interested in finding out about…Continue reading »
- MPs call on the government to act quickly on home education registerThe number of children – including children with SEND – who are home educated by their parents’ choice, has increased…Continue reading »
- SEND Inquiry report Part 2: No more reviews, it’s time to ACTThis is the second part in our SEND Inquiry report coverage. See Part one from Matt Keer here It has…Continue reading »
- SEND Review: A game-changer or playing politics with vulnerable children?While the biggest political and constitutional crisis that anyone can remember rages all around us, ministers resign, MPs are purged…Continue reading »
- First-time minister given one of the toughest jobs in government: Fixing the #SENDcrisisThe last week has brought a succession of big changes at all levels of government. The appointment of a new…Continue reading »
- SEND success is a journey, apparently, one with no end in sight“It’s a journey.” That’s what SEND minister Nadhim Zahawi said, repeatedly, at the final hearing of the House of Commons…Continue reading »
- Poor leadership and SEND law ignorance fails disabled childrenAnyone who has had to grapple with the SEND system to get their child’s needs acknowledged and met knows that…Continue reading »
- My “control freak’s guide” for my disabled daughter’s dignity and care in hospitalThe thing that worries me most about my disabled daughter as she gets older is who will understand her. Who…Continue reading »