The Children and Families Bill has today (Tuesday, 5 February
2013) been published by the Department for Education.
The Bill includes clauses on special education needs (SEN) which
aim to reform the SEN system. The clauses include the duty on local
authorities to draw up Education, Health and Care plans and to set
out a 'local offer' of services available to parents and young
Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled
Children, welcomed the introduction of this Bill into
"CDC is pleased to see that the Bill has been laid before
"We are particularly pleased to see changes in the clauses
around mediation and the clauses which strengthen the participation
of children and young people.
"We look forward to following the lively debate in
Parliament as the Bill progresses, and a real examination of
the particular issues that impact on this group of young people and
Letter from Minister to CDC regarding the Children and Families
Edward Timpson, the Minister responsible for SEN and Disability
within the Department for Education, has written a letter to CDC as
Strategic Partner with more detail about the government's response
to the select committee's report and what happens next in the
process. It includes information on:
- The inclusion of an explicit right to request an
- The requirement of Local Authorities to consult parents and
young people in preparing Education, Health and Care Plans
- The provision for those on Apprenticeships to have an
Education, Health and Care Plan
- Provisions for the new SEN Code of Practice to be consulted
- The work of the SEN and disability pathfinders
The Minister's letter can be found at this link.
More information on the Children and Families Bill is available
website. CDC's analysis of the Bill will be available in due
Special feature on the Bill available in our next
CDC is releasing a special feature on the Bill as part our next
edition of the CDC Digest, due out at the end of February.
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