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Children and Families Act 2014 - Information for families on the SEND Reforms

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced wide ranging reforms to make a real difference to the outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. The changes were introduced in September 2014 and included:

  • The publication of information in one place on the range of local services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities  and their families called the Local Offer.
  • A new integrated assessment process for children and young people with special educational need and disabilities aged 0-25, which may lead to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. This replaced the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs).
  • The option for families with an EHC Plan to request a Personal Budget for relevant provision in their Plan so they have more flexibility and control over the services they receive.

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