Understanding SEN Support, EHC needs assessments and plans

In September 2014, the new Children’s and Families Act arrived. It changed the whole structure for SEND support:-

  • We no longer have School Action, School Action Plus, new Statements or Learning Difficulties Assessments. Instead there is Setting-based graduated SEN Support and Education Health & Care (EHC) Plans.
  • Children, young people, and families should be at the heart of the SEND system
  • The structure for support now covers all those with SEND from Birth to 25 years.

This new system involves a lot of changes at our child/young person’s educational setting (eg. their nursery, school, or college). The staff have a lot of new paperwork to use, and procedures to follow. Bristol City Council (BCC) is developing a toolkit for settings – to illustrate all parts of the new system and provide guidance.

Bristol Parent Carers, working in partnership with Supportive Parents and KIDS (Bristol), thought there should be a Parent Carers’ Guide. So we developed one – here

We have also developed guidance for parent carers about what to think about before attending a planning or review meeting at your child/young person’s setting - here

Various organisations can offer you impartial help and advice about the new educational system – refer to this leaflet, here

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