Changes in support for youngsters with special educational needs

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News from Medway Matters

Changes to the way children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported come into play this month across the country.

New government reforms now in place are set to improve the support delivered to local young people.

They are:

  • Medway Local Offer – For the first time local authorities have to produce clear and searchable information on services available to parents and carers, children and young people with SEND -http://www.medwayfisd.com
  • Young people up to the age of 25 are now included in Special Educational Needs (SEN) support (previously up to the age of 18).
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans – SEN statements and Learning Disability Assessments (LDA) will be replaced with Education, Health and Care plans. These are documents completed when a child has been assessed as having a special educational need or disability.
  • Transfer action plan – Medway has approximately 1,600 children and young people with a SEN statement. Existing statements will remain active until all children and young people have been transferred to an Education, Health and Care plan over the next three years.
  • Personal budgets – Young people and parents will have the right to ask for a personal budget for some parts of the plan.

For more information visit www.medway.gov.uk/send

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