Children and Families Act 2014

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Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Bill became law in March 2014 and is now the Children and Families Act 2014. The first Commencement Order covers family proceedings. The second Commencement Order variously 1st April, 22nd April, 13th May, 25th July and 1st September 2014 covers SEN and disability (but excluding young offenders), duty to support pupils with medical needs, childminder agencies, adoption, single family court, and free school lunches.


For a quick and accessible summary of the main concerns regarding the new SEN legislation click here

Very useful all-on-one page SEN and disability links from lawyer Steve Broach, June 2014 here

New SEN Links Updated October 2014

The primary references for the new SEN legislation are the 2014 Code of Practice, the 2014 Regulations, the 2014 Order, and the 2014 Transition Guidance. The Code and the Transition Guidance are where you will find the big picture while the Regulations - in theory - will have the precise details. I have made notes on the Regulations here because the version on legislation.gov.uk is the original as made and does not include any changes. Checklist of Regulations affected

New SEN Code Practice 2014

Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 original-as-made on the legislation.gov.uk website, but with additional changes brought in via Transitional and Savings Provisions Order below
Quick Reference Guide to Regulations

DfE Transition Guidance 2014 Statutory Guidance, includes table with dates for transition from statement or LDA to EHC Plan. Quick Reference Guide to Transition Guidance

Transitional and Saving Provisions (No. 2) Order 2270, 2014, a must-read in conjunction with SEN Regulations above.
Quick Reference Guide Transitional Provisions Order

New SEND Code of Practice

SEN Consequential Amendments Order 2014

DfE/Department of Health Sector Guides

DfE SEND Guide for FE Providers September 2014
DfE SEND Guide for Schools and Alternative Providers September 2014
DfE SEND Guide for Social Care Professionals September 2014
DfE SEND Guide for Early Years September 2014
SEND Guide for Health Professionals September 9th 2014
Department Health Guidance Health Wellbeing Boards September 2014. How health and wellbeing boards can support children with special educational needs and disabilities to get joined up care from local services.

Steve Broach and Irwin Mitchell Fact Sheets and Template Letters

Steve Broach and Irwin Mitchell Fact Sheets and Template Letters Children and Families Act, August 2014

EHC Plans

Regulations covering the form of EHC plans came into force on September 1st 2014. DfE has chosen not to introduce a single national template, but will share further best practice examples of completed EHC plans. A common labelling system has been introduced in the Code of Practice and Regulations meaning that every EHC plan must contain specified sections that must be labelled with the same letter. More

How soon will statements be replaced by EHC Plans? Click here for a brief guide


Direct Payments and Personal Budgets for SEN

More including Direct Payment FOIs

Home Education

Home education and special needs website

Home education was discussed in the Lords on January 7th 2014 October 30th 2013 and October 23rd 2013


Pathfinders and the Local Offer

To learn more about the proposed new Local Offer for children and young people with special needs, click here Read about Pathfinders' activities here


Changes to Family Law from April 2014

As of April 22nd 2014 the new Family Court will deal with family proceedings which would previously have been heard in magistrates' courts. Contact and residence orders are replaced by child arrangements orders. This link explains how cases are split between the Family Court and the High Court. You can find a summary of the main changes here Read more about the changes here Legal references all on one page here. More about Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings NB as explained here "the much debated provisions in the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014), s11 providing that 'unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child’s welfare' doesn't yet have a commencement date.. See also Jordans family law update

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Link Reference

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  1. Changes to SEN law will be introduced between 2014 and 2018 http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php#transition
  2. New SEN Code of Practice 2014 http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php
  3. The second Commencement Order http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/contents
  4. http://edyourself.org/ofstedsen.pdf http://edyourself.org/ofstedsen.pdf
  5. here http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/children-families-act-concerns/
  6. Checklist of Regulations affected http://edyourself.org/articles/SENDregs.php
  7. Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/contents/made
  8. Quick Reference Guide to Regulations http://edyourself.org/articles/SENDregs.php#transitionorder
  9. Quick Reference Guide to Transition Guidance http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php#statguide
  10. Transitional and Saving Provisions http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2270/made
  11. Quick Reference Guide Transitional Provisions Order http://edyourself.org/articles/SENDregs.php
  12. New SEND Code of Practice http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php
  13. SEN Consequential Amendments Order 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2103/contents/made
  14. Steve Broach and Irwin Mitchell Fact Sheets and Template Letters http://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/protecting-your-rights/social-healthcare-law/the-children-and-
    families-act-2014/factsheets-and-template-letters
  15. Regulations http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/regulation/12/made
  16. More http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php#format
  17. here http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php#transition
  18. More http://snafu2.org.uk/
  19. Home education and special needs website http://ehe-sen.org.uk/
  20. October 23rd 2013 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/131217-0002.htm#13121787000386
  21. here http://edyourself.org/articles/localoffer.php
  22. Jordans family law update http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/889/made
  23. Children and Families Act 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/contents/enacted
  24. Ipsea webchat on SEN changes http://bringingustogether.org.uk/jane-mcconnells-webchat/
  25. Briefing on the SEN changes http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/sen-reforms-happens-next/
  26. Briefing on SEN Reforms http://www.specialeducationalneeds.co.uk/sen-articles-occasionally.html
  27. Funding home educating families 2014-15 http://edyourself.org/articles/funding.php#2014-15guidance
  28. Local Offer http://edyourself.org/articles/localoffer.php
  29. Independent SEN Champions 2014 http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/1102886/independent_support_q_and_a.pdf
  30. Archived page as pdf March 13th 2014 http://edyourself.org/seninchildrenfamiliesbillmarch2014.pdf
  31. Children and Families Act http://edyourself.org/articles/candfact2014.php
  32. SEND Code Practice 2014 http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php
  33. Guide to SEN and Disability Regulations http://edyourself.org/articles/SENDregs.php
  34. EHC Plans 13+ http://edyourself.org/articles/ehcp16.php
  35. Home Education and SEN http://ehe-sen.org.uk/