Following the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014, Leicester City has developed a new approach and set of processes for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Key features include:
- Publication of a local offer containing information about services and provision for children and young people across education, health and care services.
- Joint planning and commissioning of services between education, health and social care partners.
- A new statutory assessment process covering the 0 - 25 age range with co-ordinated assessment and outcome focused planning.
- Education, Health and Care plans to replace Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (for young people in college) providing greater personalisation of support including the option of a personal budget.
- Children and young person and the family at the centre of person centred planning and decision making processes
- Stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people including transition to further education/training and/or employment, good health, independent living and community participation.
SEND reforms in Leicester City
In September 2014, the government introduced a new way to identify, assess and provide for youngsters who have special educational needs and disabilities. The new way of working has been wholeheartedly adopted by Leicester City Council. The focus of our developments in the new way of working is to put children, young people and their families at the heart of the system and give them control and choice.
Naturally these new systems will take time to embed and we are working very hard to listen to the views of children, young people and their families as well as the views of partners so that we end up with the most responsive and “friendly” system we can. We are always happy to hear your views.
Head of Service Special Educational Needs and Disabilities