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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.
Ofsted Role for SENhttp://edyourself.org/ofstedsen.pdf (2014) Ofsted SEND consultation Autumn 2015 for inspection from Spring 2016.
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
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
Transitional and Saving Provisions (No. 2) Order 2270, 2014, a must-read in conjunction with SEN Regulations above.
Quick Reference Guide Transitional Provisions Order
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
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 SENMore including Direct Payment FOIs
Pathfinders and the Local Offer
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"