The Revised SEN Code of Practice 0–25
The main aims of the SEN Code of Practice are to ensure that:
- Children’s SEN are picked up early and support is put in place quickly;
- Staff have the knowledge, skills and understanding to provide the right support for children who have SEN or are disabled;
- Parents know what they can reasonably expect their local school, college, LA and local services to provide, without having to fight for it;
- Aspirations for children and young people are raised through an increased focus on life outcomes, including employment;
- For more complex needs, an integrated assessment and a single Education, Health and Care Plan are in place from birth to 25; and
- There is greater control for parents and young people over the services they and their family use.
The code of Practice 2015 states that local authorities working with their partners must publish in one place information about the services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND). This is known as the Local Offer.
The Local Offer
The local offer is a ‘front door’ to information from education, health and social care about the provision that is available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer can be found here