Children and Families Act 2014
The Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 13 March.
The Children and Families Act will change the way in which children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are supported at school and in the community. The Act will be implemented in stages starting in September 2014.
Education, Health and Care Plans will replace Statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Disability Assessments (LDAs). From September 2014, no new statements or LDAs will be available. In stages, over the next few years, children with an existing statement will have their statement transferred to an Education, Health and Care Plan. There will be agreed procedures for the changeover and parent carers and young people will have a say in these.
Existing rights, for example rights of appeal, will continue during the transition period.