The system for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is changing. The new system has been developed where decisions taken by those who provide support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities really do put those children and young people first.
The most important people in any child or young person’s life are their parents. You know your children best of all. What you as parents think, feel and say is important. You should be listened to and you need to be fully involved in decisions that affect your children. That’s what the new system is all about.
You can download the guide below; it has been prepared by the Department for Education, August 2014
I hope you find this guide useful as an introduction to the new system. It won’t answer all your questions, but where it can’t, it points you to where you can go for more help.