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, and covering 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 very readable 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 September 2014

New SEN Code Practice July 2014
DfE response to SEN Code of Practice consultation June 11th 2014. 103 page pdf setting out what Government plans to do next
Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
Parents Guide to new SEN system published August 2014 (still vital to read the code itself and not rely on the guide)
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
DfE Guidance Managing Transition to New SEN August 2014
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. In its response to the consultation on the SEN Code of Practice published the same day, DfE explained that it had 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 meaning that every EHC plan must contain specified sections that must be labelled with the same letter. see page 31 Government response and final Code of Practice 2014 paragraphs 9.61 to 9.69

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 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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Useful Links

Children and Families Act 2014

Ipsea webchat on SEN changes
Briefing on the SEN changes
Briefing on SEN Reforms
Funding home educating families 2014-15
Local Offer
Independent SEN Champions 2014
SEN Tribunal Statistics 3600 SEN appeals, 30% conceded by LAs
Archived page as pdf March 13th 2014 when Children and Families Bill became law.


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. Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/contents/made
  7. 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
  8. Regulations http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/regulation/12/made
  9. here http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php#transition
  10. More http://snafu2.org.uk/
  11. Home education and special needs website http://ehe-sen.org.uk/
  12. October 23rd 2013 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/131217-0002.htm#13121787000386
  13. here http://edyourself.org/articles/localoffer.php
  14. Jordans family law update http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/889/made
  15. Children and Families Act 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/contents/enacted
  16. Ipsea webchat on SEN changes http://bringingustogether.org.uk/jane-mcconnells-webchat/
  17. Briefing on the SEN changes http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/sen-reforms-happens-next/
  18. Briefing on SEN Reforms http://www.specialeducationalneeds.co.uk/sen-articles-occasionally.html
  19. Funding home educating families 2014-15 http://edyourself.org/articles/funding.php#2014-15guidance
  20. Local Offer http://edyourself.org/articles/localoffer.php
  21. Independent SEN Champions 2014 http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/1102886/independent_support_q_and_a.pdf
  22. Archived page as pdf March 13th 2014 http://edyourself.org/seninchildrenfamiliesbillmarch2014.pdf