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DfE publish revised advice: Transition to the new 0-25 SEND system

18:33 26 March in National News
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Revised advice: Transition to the new 0-25 SEND system

On 3rd March 2015 DfE published revised guidance for LAs and their partners on transitioning to the new system. The revised guidance can be viewed here.

This revised guidance reflects changes to the legal requirements for local authorities on the process for transferring children and young people with statements to the new system.

The revised advice has two areas of change: transitional arrangements for children and young people in custody and clarification on the timescales for a transfer review.

Changes to the timescale for a transfer review:

  • As part of the ‘transfer review’, a local authority must undertake an EHC needs assessment under section 36 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
  • Notice of when the transfer review will start must be given to parents or to a young person at least two weeks before the start of the transfer review
  • Following the EHC needs assessment, the local authority must decide whether an EHC plan is necessary and if so issue a draft plan for parents or the young person to provide comments on. The EHC plan must be finalised within 14 weeks of the start of the transfer review.
  • The 14 week timescale for a transfer review (which includes an EHC needs assessment) must now begin at the start of the transfer review, not at the point at which notice of the review is given as under the previous Order.
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