Legislation and Statutory Guidance

For more information on the current relevant Acts and further guidance.

The current law says that the needs of children and young people with special needs and disabilities should be met, and that they should not be disadvantaged.

This is the current legislation and guidance:

Power of Attorney and Deputyship

Lasting Power of Attorney

Should you eventually reach a point where you are no longer able to make decision a decision for yourself because you lack mental capacity someone else - often a carer or family member will need to make decisions on your behalf. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people (known as attorneys) to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf. Find out more about Power of Attorney.

Deputyship orders

You can apply to become someone’s deputy if they 'lack mental capacity'. This means they cannot decide for themselves at the time a decision needs to be made. They may still be able to make decisions for themselves at certain times. As a deputy, you’ll be authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf. Find out more about becoming a Deputy on GOV.UK (link opens in new window).

Accessibility Strategy (Maintained Early Years Settings and Schools)

We believe that every child and young person should be able to access the full curriculum and other opportunities that are provided through their local early years setting/school, and will work with these settings to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to ensure this possible. Our Equality and Diversity Strategy 2013 - 2016 (PDF 337.6KB) should be read in conjunction with our Accessibility Strategy (PDF 226.3KB) (Maintained Early Years Settings and Schools.