The Department for Education has today (3rd
September) released the draft provisions on SEN and Disability as part
of the Children and Families Bill.
The provisions include duties to draw up Education, Health and
Care plans, to set out a 'local offer' of services available to
parents and young people as well as provisions to require joint
commissioning between local authorities and clinical commissioning
Council for Disabled Children Director Christine Lenehan
"We welcome the publication of the draft provisions and
the opportunity for consultation that the Government has built into
"We welcome the requirements on joint commissioning and look
forward to working with Government to strengthen entitlement across
education health and social care."
Along with the provisions Sarah Teather, Minister for Children
and Families, has issued an invitation to the Education Select Committee
inviting them to lead the pre-legislative scrutiny process of
these provisions during the autumn.
It is expected that the Children and Families Bill itself will
be introduced into Parliament in the New Year.
Further detail on each of the areas covered in the provisions
will follow in regulations, guidance and a new code of practice
which will be developed and consulted on over the course of the
Parliamentary process. Accompanying the provisions there will be
further information outlining these timescales.
The draft provisions can be found online along
with the accompanying Ministerial statement announcing
CDC is releasing a special bulletin on Wednesday 19th September
containing all the above information, an update on the SEND
Pathfinder's progress and further detail on the provisions. To sign
up to this bulletin e-mail email@example.com.
Young People's Advisory group
The Department for Education has also invited disabled children
and young people and those with special educational needs to join a
Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG) to advise Government on the
SEN and Disability reform programme.
Find out more.