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Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Information and Support Service

About Us and Our Services

SEND LogoThe introduction of the 2014 Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice states that all Local Authorities must provide parents,carers, children and young people with access to a SEND Information, Advice and Support Service.

These pages aim to provide you with information about our service, how we can support families and how to contact us. You will be able to find out about Special Educational Needs Disabilities(SEND), Non-curriculum Issues and Elective Home Education. We also have information on local and national support groups and current courses and events.

SEND Information, Advice and Support Service is at arm's length from Worcestershire's Children's Services and we are able to give independent and neutral advice. We support parents/carers of children with SEND, children and young people themselves and provide many services to facilitate this support

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms 2014

Children and Families Bill

  • The Government is making big changes to the system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), so that services consistently support them to achieve the best they can.
  • The Bill, which is due to be enacted in September 2014, will extend the SEN system from birth to 25 years of age, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. 

So … what is new?

  • The introduction of a Single Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan (0 – 25 - Statements of Special educational needs (SEN)  (for 0 – 16/19 year olds) and Learning Disability Assessments (for 16-25 year olds) will be replaced by Single Education, Health and Care Plans, covering children from ages 0 – 25.
  • New duties requiring local authorities and health services to jointly plan and commission services that children, young people and their families need.
  • The requirement for Local Authorities to produce and publish, in one place, a ‘Local Offer ’ providing accurate and easy to understand information for parents, carers and young people about what services are available for children and young people with SEND from 0 to 25 and how they can access them.
  • Improved information and support for smoother transitions to adulthood
  • School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ will be replaced by a new single school based category called 'Additional SEN support'
  • A new SEN Code of Practice which will apply to all places of education and training (i.e. Mainstream Schools, Academy’s, FE Colleges etc.)
  • New wider opportunities for parents or young people who have a single plan to negotiate personal budgets
  • A requirement for children, young people and parents/carers to be directly involved in developing and reviewing single plans, local offers and commissioned services.

Useful Information

Top Myths Information Sheets - The SEN Information Organisations Group, a group of organisations that give information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top myths’ information sheets for parents covering:

For further information

Find out more information on SEN Reform from Worcestershire County Council (External Website).

informationThe information on this page includes a range of information sources and links to websites that appear to be educational in nature and appropriate when last reviewed. However, the Parent Partnership Service does NOT endorse or recommend any of the contents, commercial products, processes or services presented in or by any of the information sources or websites within this leaflet.

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Helpline: 01905 610858 (24 hour answer service)
Write to: Worcestershire Parent Partnership Service, PO Box 73, Worcester WR5 2YA
Office opening hours Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

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This page was last reviewed 10 October 2014 at 10:40.
The page is next due for review 7 April 2016.