Through the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms (SEND reforms), the government, is requiring Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities to work together to integrate services across the 0 - 25 years age range. Under the reforms there will be a much clearer emphasis on offering help at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEN and their parents or carers fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. The reforms are set out in the Children and Families Act 2014, and the new SEND Code of Practice: 0 - 25 Years.
Key Principles in the Children and Families Act 2014 in Relation to SEND Participation:
The Act promotes the participation of parents, children and young people in decision-making about SEND.
The Act focuses on outcomes and improving progress for children and young people with SEND.
The Act requires a joint approach across all agencies.
- Education, health and social care will be required to co-operate at a local level to meet children and young people's needs.
- Local Authorities and health commissioning groups will be required to commission services jointly for children and young people with SEND, and present that publicly as the Local Offer. This will help ensure that services are joined up around a common set of outcomes and that parents and young people are clear what support is available locally.