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Changes and how they affect families

The Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 became law in March 2014. It has brought changes to the way that children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) access the help and services that they need.

For children and young people with special educational needs or a disability the Act aims to help social care services work together to provide special education needs to children who need it. It also helps parents choose the care they need from different locations.

For more information please download (link opens in new window) a young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014.

Or, if you need to know exactly what the Act says, you can read the In-depth Children and Families Act 2014 on the GOV.UK (link opens in new window) website.

SEND support (PDF 863.8KB)

SEND code of practice 0-25 years (link opens in new window) 

The Children and Families Acts 2014 (PDF 5.4MB)

Early years graduated approach (PDF 1.6MB)

My child has a Statement of SEN / Learning Disability Assessment (LDA): What happens now?

The Department of Education requires that all children and young people who currently have Statements or Learning Disability Assessments must be transferred to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) by 1 April 2018.

Download the Timeline for transferring Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments to EHC Plans (PDF 68.5KB) .

Personal budgets

A personal budget is funding which is allocated to an individual for the help and support they need.

Individuals can choose to take their personal budget, or part of it, as a direct cash payment, which they can spend on services, or if they wish they can choose to let the council arrange the services they require.

Find out more about personal budgets

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