What are the changes and what should you expect?

In 2014, the Government introduced a major transformation of the way services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are delivered, the aim being to ensure children and young people with SEND have access to well coordinated, coherent support across education, health and social care to help them achieve their agreed outcomes.

Services Working Together

Under the new changes, Local Authorities and other key agencies are required to link up and jointly plan services for disabled children and young people – an approach known as joint commissioning. Local authorities must ensure that parents, children and young people are involved in discussions and decisions about every aspect of their care and support, planning outcomes and agreeing services & activities to meet those outcomes. They must also take steps to ensure that parents and/or young people are actively involved in contributing to assessments, planning and reviewing EHC plans. In addition, Early Years providers, schools and colleges should fully engage parents and/or young people with SEND when drawing up the plans policies that affect them.

Personal Budgets

Parents with an EHC Plan will have the right to a personal budget for their support. A personal budget is an amount of money provided to the family to enable them to directly purchase all or some of the provision set out in their EHC plan. By having a say in the way this budget is used, a parent or young person can control elements of their support.

Further information on our role in participating in these changes can be accessed below.