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Government publishes draft SEN and disability provisions as part of the Children and Families Bill


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 groups.

Council for Disabled Children Director Christine Lenehan says,

 "We welcome the publication of the draft provisions and the opportunity for consultation that the Government has built into the process.

"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 their publication.

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 cdc@ncb.org.uk.

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.