SEN changes in 2014 - Draft Code of Practice out for Consultation

On 4th October 2013:

Draft SEN Code of Practice - statutory guidance.pdfDepartment for Education has issued the draft Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and draft Regulations for consultation until 9th December. These set out the detail of the proposed new SEN legal framework within the Children and Families Bill that is currently in Parliament. 

The draft code includes:

Family centred system

  • Involving children, young people and parents in decision making
  • Provision of impartial information, advice and support
  • Parent Carer Forums

Working across education, health and social care

  • Working together for positive outcomes
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Developing a joint understanding of local needs, planning and delivery

The Local Offer

  • What must be included?
  • Publishing the local offer
  • Preparing and reviewing the local offer

Early years, schools, colleges and other education providers

  • Improving outcomes
  • Support for children and young people with SEN
  • The four areas of SEN
  • Early years, school and FE
  • Funding for SEN support
  • Admissions and inclusion
  • External support in educational settings

Assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans

  • Requesting and assessment
  • Considering whether an assessment is necessary
  • Coordinated assessment and planning
  • Timescales
  • Advice and information for EHC assessments
  • Deciding to issue a plan, writing, maintaining, reviewing, ceasing a plan
  • Personal budgets
  • Transport costs
  • Re assessments

Children and young people in specific circumstances

  • Looked after children
  • Care leavers
  • SEN and social care needs
  • SEN and educated at home
  • SEN and alternative provision
  • Young offenders
  • Service personnel children

Resolving disputes

  • Principles
  • Early resolution arrangements
  • Local complaints procedure
  • Mediation
  • Parents’ and young people’ right to appeal to Tribunal
  • Disability discrimination claims
  • Appeals
  • Legal aid
  • NHS complaints – Healthwatch
  • Complaints about social services provision

Christine Lenehan, Director of Council for Disabled Children, is encouraging organisations to give their views during the consultation process.

“The consultations released today mark an important step towards better outcomes for children with SEN and disabilities and their families, I would encourage everyone to become engaged in the consultation process and ensure we are able to realise this fully.“


These will replace the existing Code of Practice (in September 2014) that was issued in 2001.

This is your opportunity to respond and give your views on the new code.

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