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SEND Reform – Factsheets

The recent changes made to the Children and Families Act 2014, will now allow the Government to reform the way support is given to children and young people with special educational needs in England. The NNPCF alongside Contact a Family have created a series of factsheets to help families understand these the recent changes in England:

The Department for Education has produced a guide to the new SEN system for parents and carers.

The changes will start to happen from September 2014. Until then, the current system will remain in force in all local authorities in England.

Here is an overview of the main changes that will be coming into effect:

  • The (EHC) plan will replace the statement of special educational needs, and will cover young people from birth to age 25.
  • Parents and young people can have control of a personal budget to buy additional support detailed in the plan.
  • Local authorities must produce a ‘local offer’ of education, health and social care services it expects to be available in the area for children and young people up to 25 years.

If you want to know how the changes will affect your child in the future, or you have any concerns about your child’s education please contact our helpline on 0808 808 3555.Factsheet 7 - image