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Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities: SEND reforms

September 2014

September 2014 we saw the biggest changes for a generation in the way children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported. This took place as part of the Children and Families Act. Key changes to be aware of are:

  • The Children and Families Act covers children and young people aged 0-25 years.
  • Some children and young people with SEND will receive an Educational Health and Care plan (EHCP). EHCPs will replace statements of special educational needs.
  • A key part of the changes in SEND support is more involvement of children, young people and their families in developing, delivering and reviewing provision. - Local authorities are required to publish their local offer of services
  • information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25.

Read I CAN’s information on the Local Offer

For more information on the Children and Families Act read our factsheet

For more information on implementing the reforms read the information on The Communication Trust

For additional information on the Children and Families Act see the Council for Disabled Children website. They have produced some useful leaflets for children and young people explaining the changes

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced information for parents and carers about the SEND reforms

You can find resources and programmes for supporting children with SEND on the NASEN SEND Gateway (this site is mainly for professionals and schools) and on the SENDirect website (a website with information more aimed at parents).