Special educational needs changes


Children and young people can look forward to improved services and provision for special educational needs and disability (SEND) from September.

Lincolnshire County Council has been working with parents, carers and schools over the summer, covering all aspects of a child’s journey from early years through to 25, to ensure quality services are in place.

New government legislation sets a number of significant changes to children and young people with SEND.

The new approach will see:

A cohesive integrated system of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disability up to the age of 25, delivering support when and where they need it.

Effective joint planning between education, health and care services to jointly commission support for children, young people and their families.

A clear ‘local offer’ of services and support available, reviewed regularly with families to maintain and improve them as required.

SEN statements and learning difficulties assessment systems are replaced with a more cohesive assessment process for quicker decisions and more effective support.

The option for all young people and parents of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan to hold personal budgets if they wish.

Improved support for young people in their transition to adulthood.

Executive coun for children’s services, Patricia Bradwell, said: “This is about developing and improving the way children with special educational needs and disability are identified, assessed and supported. The present system can be too slow and difficult to navigate for many parents and their children and it needs to be made fit for purpose, providing excellent support when and where it is needed.