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SEND Code of Practice

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice

In 2014 the Children and Families Act reformed Special Educational Needs (SEN) legislation, because Government believed that the old system was failing children and their families.

A new Code of Practice was introduced from September 2014, this is called Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities

The key changes are:

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)(for 16- to 25-year olds) are being replaced with a single, simpler 0-25 assessment process and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • The statutory protections which were associated with a SEN statement are extended for young people up to the age of 25.
  • Local authorities have to publish a Local Offer showing the support available to disabled children and young people and those with SEN, and their families.
  • Parents or young people with Education, Health and Care Plans have the right to a personal budget for their support.
  • compulsory mediation for disputes and giving children the right to appeal if they are unhappy with their support.

Useful Resources

  • View a copy of the code of practice
  • Special educational needs and disability a guide for parents and carers
    A government guide for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability.
  • What are the SEND Reforms?
    A guide for young people produced by the Council for Disabled Children and the Department for Education. Download the guide