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Special Educational Needs and Disability

The Government has recently introduced wide ranging reforms to the way in which children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are supported. The 2014 Children and Families Bill introduced a number of key changes:

  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) were introduced for children and young people with special educational needs. The Plans will coordinate the support available to families across their child’s education, health and social care, from birth to 25 years old. EHCP replace Statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments
  • A duty was placed on local authorities to develop a ‘local offer’, setting out clear information on services available to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and their parents, carers and families
  • Some young people with EHCPs will benefit from personal budgets, giving them greater choice and control over the support they receive.

The ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee leads on SEND issues for ADCS. In this area you will find a range of resources from the sections below.

Key external resources:

EHCP Journeys

This website shows the EHC process from the perspective of families and aims to support areas to improve local services

Council for Disabled Children

Latest CDC Resources | Making it Happen: Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People with SEN and disability


SEND Code of Practice | Transition arrangements guidance | Gov.uk directory for all SEND topics


SEND resource

SEND Pathfinder

DfE | DH | Mott MacDonald pathfinder website

All SEN and Disability