About the reforms

From September 2014 changes have been made to the way disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEN), get the support they need.

The government has changed the law. The new law means that professionals from different services will work more closely together to give children and young people with special educational needs or a disability the support they need. Children and young people will have more say over what support and services offered in their local area, and more help will be available for young people as they prepare for adulthood.

The three key changes are:

  • Production of a 'Local Offer'
  • statement of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments are replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
  • Personal Budgets - For some families and young people with an EHCP to give greater independence, choice and control over their support.