The biggest special educational needs and disability (SEND) reform for over 30 years is forcing education, health and social care services to work together to make sure that children get what they need.
And parents will hold the power to control SEN budgets for their children. This will include a new legal right to buy in specialist SEN and disabled care for their children.
Children’s Minister Sarah Teather has set out the plans, saying:
“The current system is outdated and not fit for purpose. Thousands of families have had to battle for months, even years, with different agencies to get the specialist care their children need.
It is unacceptable they are forced to go from pillar to post, facing agonising delays and bureaucracy to get support, therapy and equipment.These reforms will put parents in charge.
We trust parents to do the right thing for their own child because they know what is best."