Parents of children seeking a special school place are left in a state of limbo of increasing anxiety and helplessness, a mother has said.

Madison Brown's son, who has special educational needs (SEN) still does not have a school place for September.

The Education Authority (EA) recently warned of a "significant shortfall" in special school places this year.

It acknowledged it is an exceptionally anxious time for those awaiting news on school placements.

The authority also said 920 more children with SEN needed school places in September 2023 compared to 2022 and that supporting children with SEN was a key priority.

The pressure on places comes as a major review into support for children with SEN, commissioned by the Department for Education (DE), is set to be published.

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