Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Information and
About Us and Our Services
The 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
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
- School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ will be replaced by a
new single school based category called 'Additional SEN
- A new SEN Code of Practice which will apply to all places of
education and training (i.e. Mainstream Schools, Academy’s, FE
- 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.
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
For further information
Find out more information on
SEN Reform from Worcestershire County Council (External