England – the government changed the way children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are supported

SEN

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The SEN process

Information for England

On 1 September 2014 the government changed the way children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are supported.

The changes were introduced through a new law, the Children and Families Act 2014, which applies to England only. Use the links below to find out more information:

The SEND code of practice

The law is supported by a new SEND code of practice, which gives guidance to schools, colleges, local authorities and others on how they must carry out their duties under the new law. The code says that children and parents must be involved in any decision about their support.

You might find it useful to look at parts of the code of practice yourself: download the SEND code of practice.

More information

We have made a series of factsheets to help families understand recent changes to the special education system in England.

The Department for Education has produced a guide to the new SEN system for parents and carers.

Information for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

Although this information applies to England only, we also support Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Give our helpline a call on 0808 808 3555 for information and advice on any aspect of raising a disabled child, or call your local contact. Find out our details in the In your area section.

Call our helpline

Any questions about support at school? How to get an EHC plan? What kind of school is best for my child? Call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 and talk to one of our education advisers.

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