Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires a joined up approach across education, health and social care to help make possible improved outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Now everyone aged 0 to 25 with SEND and needing extra support will have a single plan setting out all the help they will receive from education, health and social care and who is responsible for each part of the plan.

These changes mean that individuals and families will be more involved in identifying the support they need to get the most out of life, whether that’s from school, college, health services or the county council.

Local Authorities must now publish, in one place, information about the range of support that is available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 years with SEND.  This information is known as the ‘Local Offer’ and includes details of a ‘graduated pathway’ which enables the right level of support to be provided when needed. The ‘Local Offer’ for Gloucestershire can be found here.

In Gloucestershire, we are calling this the Graduated Pathway of support which includes early help and statutory processes.  More information on the Graduated Pathway is available here.