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Local Policies, Guidance and Legislation


This page includes links to the main areas of Local Policy, Legislation and Guidance relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and also the SEND Local Offer.




Local Policies

Home to School Transport Policy

The local authority has a duty to ensure that suitable travel arrangements are in place to support eligible young people in their area to attend their "qualifying" school or other educational institution where the school is outside the statutory walking distance.

Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016 - 2020

This plan was developed in partnership between the Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board and the Stoke-on-Trent Health and Wellbeing Board with input from wider partners including private and voluntary providers and organisations.


Children and Familes Act 2014

The government has made some changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs or who are disabled (SEND) get the support they need. The new law about this is called the Children and Families Act and it applied from 1 September 2014.

SEND Code of Practice - Jan 2015

This is the statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Equality Act 2010 

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.

Developing Support and Services for Children and Young People with a Learning Disability, Autism or both - NHS England

The Transforming Care programme aims to transform services and support for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. NHS England and the Local Government Association (LGA) are committed to this transformation.


Parents, Carers, Children and Young People Guides

Young Person’s Guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

This Young Persons Guide tells you what is in the Children and Families Act 2014, a new law that is very important for children. We think children and young people should know about new laws that will make a difference to their lives.

SEND: A Guide for Parents and Carers

A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

SEND Support: Easy-Read Guide for Parents and Carers

Guide for parents with learning disabilities, explaining changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system.

SEND Support: Easy-Read Guide for Children and Young People

A guide for children and young people with learning disabilities on changes to the special needs educational and disability (SEND) system.

Ask, Listen, Do project – NHS England Easy Read Leaflet

This easy read leaflet provides information about the Ask Listen Do project which aims to make giving feedback and raising concerns easier for people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families and carers.

Building the Right Support - NHS England Easy Read Guide

NHS England works with other health and care organisations to look after the running of the NHS, including NHS services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. This guide is about a national plan for changing services in England.

Booklet 1 - Easy Read Improving Lives - The Future of Work Health and Disability 

This government wants a country that works for everyone. This means having a country that helps everyone who lives in it. To do this we must help everyone who can to get a job, and stay in work.

Booklet 2 - Easy Read Improving Lives - The Future of Work Health and Disability

This booklet tells you about three things. • How we will help employers make healthy workplaces for everyone.

  • How we will help people stay healthy and get good quality healthcare.
  • Working together.

NHS 111 Easy Read Leaflet 

111 - The new NHS number.

The telephone number to call when you need medical help fast – but it’s not an emergency.

Easy Read Guide to the May 2019 Elections

The easy read guide provides information about:

  • the local elections on Thursday, May 2 (these are taking place in Stoke-on-Trent)
  • how to register to vote 
  • how to cast a vote with confidence at a polling station 
  • how to apply for a postal and proxy vote.


Easy Read Children's Guide to Coronavirus

Please see the downlaod section to view this guide.

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