Good practice and the law in delivering SEN reforms- reducing the risk of formal challenge

Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 code of practice states that:

  • Schools must use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with special educational needs (SEN) gets the support they need.
  • The views, wishes and feelings of the child, parent or young person must be taken into account.
  • Child, parent or young person will participate as fully as possible in decisions.
  • Child, parent or young person must be provided information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions.
  • Child and parent must be supported to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes.

When this is not implemented well, everyone loses out. Tribunals are a costly and adversarial way of resolving issues between parents and local authorities. We know that councils want to work in partnership with parents and young people, but sometimes finding an effective way of working together can be challenging.

This course will give you the information, advice and support you need to reduce the risk of a formal challenge and increase your ability to work in co-production with parents.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at education, social care and health professionals with a responsibility for delivering SEN reforms, notably Education and Health Care plans. It will also provide a useful introduction for school governors or academy trustees who are either new to the sector or want a refresher of their responsibilities.

By the end of the course, you will understand:

  • Your legal duties as set out in the SEN legislation.
  • The timescale you must follow to deliver an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  • The anxieties, fears and expectations of parents and carers of disabled children.
  • The importance of working in partnership with the parents of disabled children and the young person themselves.
  • What to do when relationships are fraught.
  • How Contact a Family and other local agencies can support parents with the EHC planning process.

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