In 2014 the government announced their proposal to transform the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.
These changes mean:
- Replacement of Statements of Special Educational Need with a new, birth to 25 Education, Health and Care Plan.
- Offer of a Personal Budget to families with a child who has Special Educational Needs. This will allow parents to have more control over the support that they need.
- Improved cooperation between all services, schools and local authorities to ensure professionals are working more closely together.
- The publication of a Local Offer which acts as a directory of support for young people living in a local authority.