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SEN - What's changed?

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced changes to how services for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs(SEN), will be agreed and delivered. the act came into force in September 2014.

The government has changed the law. The new law will mean that professionals from different services will have to work more closely together to give children and young people* with special educational needs or a disability the support they need. Children and young people will have more say over what support and services are offered in their local area, and more help will be available for young people as they prepare for adulthood.

*( A child is a person under compulsory school age. A young person is a person over compulsory school age but under 25. A person is no longer of compulsory school age after the last day of summer term during the year in which they become 16.)

The new legislation will extend the special educational needs system from birth to 25 year olds, giving children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.

Each local area will prepare a clear and transparent 'local offer' detailing services to support children and young people with SEN and their families. This will be a way of signposting support and services bringing together information in a single place. The St.Helens Local Offer is currently in development, but already has a lot of information in place.

The government have provide some simple briefing notes around what the Local Offer means; this is available on the GOV.UK website or by using the link on this page.

EHC Plans will replace Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulties Assessments. The plan will be a legal document describing a child or young person’s needs and the services required to meet those needs. EHC plans will be used into further education and training and could be in place up to the age of 25.

All families whose child has an EHC plan will have a right to request a personal budget. The personal budget will allow young people or parents to buy support identified in the plan directly.

St.Helens Council has worked closely with parents, carers, young people and partners to design and implement the new SEN system by 1st September 2014. A number of consultation events were arranged for young people, parents, carers, those working in education settings, health and care services and anyone else with an interest to have their say on the new arrangements.