Worcestershire Parent Partnership Service
About Us and Our Services
The introduction of the 2001 Special
Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice stated that all Local
Authorities must provide parents/carers with access to a Parent
These pages aim to provide you with information about our
service, how we can support families and how to contact us. You
will be able to find out about Special Educational Needs (SEN),
Non-curriculum Issues and Elective Home Education. We also have
information on local and national support groups and current
courses and events.
The Parent Partnership Service is at
arm's length from Worcestershire's Children's Services and we are
able to give independent and neutral advice. We support
parents/carers of children and provide many services to facilitate
Special Educational Needs and Disability
(SEND) Reforms 2014
Children and Families Bill
- The Government is making big changes to the system for children
and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
(SEND), so that services consistently support them to achieve the
best they can.
- The Bill, which is due to be
enacted in September 2014, will extend the SEN system from birth to
25 years of age, giving children, young people and their
parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring
needs are properly met.
So … what is new?
- The introduction of a Single Education, Health and Care (EHC)
Plan (0 – 25 - Statements of Special educational needs (SEN)
(for 0 – 16/19 year olds) and Learning Disability Assessments (for
16-25 year olds) will be replaced by Single Education, Health and
Care Plans, covering children from ages 0 – 25.
- New duties requiring local authorities and health services to
jointly plan and commission services that children, young people
and their families need.
- The requirement for Local Authorities to produce and publish,
in one place, a ‘Local Offer ’ providing accurate and easy to
understand information for parents, carers and young people about
what services are available for children and young people with SEND
from 0 to 25 and how they can access them.
- Improved information and support for smoother transitions to
- School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ will be replaced by a
new single school based category called 'Additional SEN
- A new SEN Code of Practice which will apply to all places of
education and training (i.e. Mainstream Schools, Academy’s, FE
- New wider opportunities for parents or young people who have a
single plan to negotiate personal budgets
- A requirement for children, young people and parents/carers to
be directly involved in developing and reviewing single plans,
local offers and commissioned services.
Health and Care Plan - Question - Asked by Baroness Uddin
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what
assessment they have made of the number of people likely to qualify
for an education, health and care plan; and how that number will
compare to the number with a statement of special educational
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for
Schools (Lord Nash) (Con): Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
will be introduced from September 2014. The Children and Families
Act 2014 ensures that eligibility for an EHC plan remains the same
as it is now for a statement of special educational needs (SEN).
Therefore, we expect all children and young people who have a
statement, who would have continued to have one under the current
system, to be transferred to an EHC plan: no child or young person
should lose their statement and not have it replaced with an EHC
plan simply because the system is changing. We expect the
overall number of EHC plans to be greater than the number of
statements of SEN because the eligibility for EHC plans is the same
as for statements, and in addition EHC plans will be available for
young people up to age 25 where necessary.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to
25 years April 2014 (PDF 2 MB)
responds to the revised
Draft SEN Code of Practice May 2014 (External Website)
Parent Partnership Network response to the Draft SEND Code of
Practice 6th May 2014 (PDF 138 KB)
Education and Family - Special needs
changes being made 'too fast' – charities April 2014 (External
Reform Worcestershire Briefing for Early Years Settings March 2014
(PDF 73 KB)
Reform Worcestershire Briefing for Health Partners March 2014 (PDF
Information Sheets - The SEN Information Organisations Group, a
group of organisations that give information to parents and carers
of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent
Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top
myths’ information sheets for parents covering:
For further information
IPSEA (External Website) is a
national charity providing free legally based advice to families
who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is
given by trained volunteers.
The National Parent
Partnership Network (NPPN) (External Website) supports and
promotes the work of Parent Partnership Services (PPS) across
England and is based at CDC.
The Council for
Disabled Children (CDC) (External website) is the umbrella
body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to
other UK nations. Our vision is a society in which disabled
children's needs are met and their rights respected.
Find out more information on
SEN Reform from Worcestershire County Council (External
The information on this
page includes a range of information sources and links to websites
that appear to be educational in nature and appropriate when last
reviewed. However, the Parent Partnership Service does NOT endorse
or recommend any of the contents, commercial products, processes or
services presented in or by any of the information sources or
websites within this leaflet.
Helpline: 01905 610858 (24 hour answer service)
Write to: Worcestershire Parent Partnership Service, PO Box 73,
Worcester WR5 2YA
Office opening hours Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
We are not responsible for the content of external sites.
This page was last reviewed 9 July 2014 at 16:36.
The page is next due for review 5 January 2016.