Children and Families Bill 2014
The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill reforms the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill extends the SEND system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents or carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.
It reforms the provision by:
Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets;
Improving co-operation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together;
Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a local offer of support.