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Changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Support System - Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People

The SEND code of practice requires local authorities, health bodies, schools, maintained early education settings and colleges to carry out statutory duties for children and young people with SEND.

The reforms extend provision from birth to 25 years of age. This will give families greater choice in decisions and ensure needs are properly met.

The new system extends rights and protections to young people by introducing a new Education, Health and Care plan. Professionals will also provide more tailored support to families, giving them the help and assistance they need.

The Department for Education has also worked with Mencap to publish today for the first time easy-read guides for young people with SEND and their parents that explain the reforms to the system.