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Special educational needs and disability: a guide for parents and carers

The system for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities changed on the 1st September 2014.

The Department for Education have written Special educational needs and disability - a guide for parents and carers, which explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities works.

The guide covers:

  • The law and statutory guidance on which the system is based;
  • Places to go for help and further information;
  • Details about changes to the system from 1 September 2014;
  • What do SEN and disability mean?;
  • The principles of the system that supports children and young people with SEN or disabilities;
  • What the law is and what your rights are;
  • How the system should work;
  • What early years settings, schools, colleges and other educational providers must do, or should do, to support you and your child;
  • What your local authority and other services (such as health and social services) must do, or should do, to support you and your child;
  • What you can do if you disagree with, or want to challenge, decisions that are made by organisations providing support for your child

The guide can be found on the right-hand side of this page.

The DfE and Mencap have also produced an Easy Read guide for children and young people about the changes.

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