What do the SEND Reforms mean for you?

In September 2014 the law changed around the way disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEN), get the support they need.

It means that professionals from different services have to work more closely together to give you the support you need. It means you have more say over what support and services are offered in your local area, and more help is available for you as you prepare for adulthood.

Some of the biggest changes you now see include:

  • a bigger focus on your aspirations for the future and the support you will need to achieve your goals
  • statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments have been replaced by Education, Health and Care plans
  • your local authority consulting children and young people about the services it is offering
  • you being more involved in making decisions about how you are supported
  • having more information, advice and support to understand your options as you move into adulthood.

What you need to know about the SEND Reforms:

What the SEND Reforms mean for Post-16 support:

What are Education, Health and Social Care Plans (EHCP)?

What is an Annual Review of an EHCP?

What is a Person Centred Planning meeting?

What you need to know about the Local Offer:

How to share your views for your Annual EHC Review

A great resource, created by Amy from Nottinghamshire, who is a member of Council for Disabled Children’s youth advisory group FLARE

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