Guide to Children and Families Act

Guide to Children and Families Act

The Children and Families Act will transform the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). This guide from Public Service Info provides an overview of the Act and its consequences.
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The Children and Families Act  was given Royal Assent on 13th March 2014. It will radically change how children and young people with SEN access services and support.

Key changes include:
  • Replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs with a single assessment process and an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan from 2014.
  • Providing statutory protection comparable to those in Statements of Special Educational Needs for young people who are in education or training up to the age of 25 instead of ending at 16.
  • Giving parents or young people the right to a personal budget for their support.
  • Placing a requirement on health services and local authorities to jointly commission and plan services for children, young people and families.
  • The replacement of School Action and School Action Plus with a graduated approach.
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