For Families and Carers : Education Rights Series

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Factsheet 1: Young People over 16 with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

The Children and Families Act has extended the remit of the SEN framework so that it now covers children and young people age 0-25. This has made a considerable change to the rights of young people. This factsheet gives an overview of the changes and outlines the current legal framework for young people. Publication date: November 2016

Factsheet 2: School Transport

This factsheet will help you if you want to find out about your child’s right to school transport. It applies to children of compulsory school age (5-16) in England only. There is different provision for young people of sixth form age (16-19) and adult learners. Publication date: February 2015

Factsheet 3: Transfer Reviews

This factsheet applies to children in England only who have an existing statement of special educational needs. Following the coming into force of the Children and Families Act in September 2014, all statements of Special Educational Needs will over time be replaced by Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). This happens through transfer reviews. Publication date: May 2015, Revised: August 2015

Factsheet 4: Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments

This factsheet relates to children and young people in England only, who do not have an existing statement of special educational needs. All children and young people with Down’s syndrome will need additional help in school. The amount and type of help will vary according to the needs of the individual child. There is a legal framework to ensure that children get the help they need. This is set out in the Children and Families Act and the associated code of practice. An Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a formal document describing your child’s needs and the help they must have. Although it can cover health and social care as well, it can only be triggered by an educational need. Publication date: May 2015

Factsheet 5: Education health and care plans

This factsheet relates to children and young people in England only, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan. For young people age 16 and over please read in conjunction with Factsheet 1 – Young People over 16 with SEND. This factsheet explains how an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) works and will help you make sure your child’s plan is right. It will be useful if you are at the draft plan stage or if your child’s EHCP is being reviewed. If you are at an earlier stage, see our factsheet on EHC needs assessments. Publication date: September 2016

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