SEND Reforms


The Children and Families Act 2014 – SEND Reforms


This is a wide ranging piece of legislation designed to give greater protection to vulnerable children and young people. Key elements of the Act are changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system, which came into effect on 1 September 2014 and included a new legal duty on schools to better support children with medical conditions. The Act extends the SEN system from birth to 25, and gives children, young people and their parents greater choice and control in decisions, ensuring needs are properly met.

The Council for Disabled Children have produced a user-friendly factsheet to help families understand what the reforms mean and how they should work to improve the provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities:

Fact Sheet - SEND - The Reforms.pdf



Other organisations and resources that provide guidance and support for parents:


  • Mencap have produced a range of free resources to help parents and carers find out more about the Government's changes to how children with a learning disability are supported within the Special Educational Needs system.
  • have produced parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people 0-25
  • The also provides advice support and information for parents, schools and young people.