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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.
New SEN Links June 2014
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
DfE response to SEN Code of Practice consultation published June 11th 2014. 103 page pdf setting out what Government plans to do next.
Final SEN Code of Practice June 2014
Transitional Arrangements published June 11th 2014
Draft Guidance for LAs June 2014 (transition to the new 0 to 25 SEND system from 1 September 2014) via DfE web page on implementing the new 0 to 25 SEN system, updated June 10th 2014. NB the 1st advice on the page is from April and includes superseded information on the draft code. Also Ipsea has criticised the examples of EHC plans on the web page which should therefore be ignored
Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 laid before parliament June 11th 2014
Regulations covering the form of EHC plans were laid before parliament on June 11th 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
Pathfinders and the Local Offer
Changes to Family Law from April 2014From 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), s 11 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."
Ipsea webchat on SEN changes
Briefing on the SEN changes
Briefing on SEN Reforms
Funding home educating families 2014-15
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.