Special Educational Needs reforms

What are the reforms?

The Children and Families Act made provision for a number of reforms to support for Children and Young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

The main changes in the Act are:

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

EHCPs will replace the statement of Special Educational Needs and Learning Disability Assessment. ECHPs result from a single assessment that looks at what each individual needs in terms of education, health and social care so they are able to achieve their full potential. The plan will also set out how services will work together to accomplish the outcomes for each individual.

The Local Offer

The Local Offer provides information on services available to children and young people with SEND, and their families, within the Wakefield district. It has been produced by everyone who has an interest in services and will include information and support on education, health and social care from birth to 25 years.

Personal Budgets

Parents and young people will be able to have more of a say in how the financial support that is used to meet a child or young person's needs is used in line with their agreed ECHP.


Parents, children and young people are to be more involved with planning and providing for what they need. Decisions about assessments, needs and services are to be established together; agencies, parents, children and young people will all have a say about how needs will be met.

Joint commissioning

Agencies across education, health and social care will look at ways to plan and deliver services in a more joined up way, combining resources so that services can operate more effectively and efficiently to meet needs identified through the ECHPs and the Local Offer.

What are we doing in Wakefield?

We are planning for the changes together with the NHS, Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, Parents, Children and Young People, the Voluntary/Community Sector, Schools and Colleges.

Five workstreams are each focussing on a specific element of the reform agenda and reporting to the SEND Transformation Partnership Board. The board and workstreams are made up of representatives from those listed above.

Progress updates are published through Wakefield's Information Network; through the parent carer forum (TEAM); the Parent Partnership Service; through a voluntary and community Sector SEN sub group and via members own institutions and networks.

Any questions or want to be involved?

You can contact TEAM or the Information Network through the WeSail service.

Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison (WESAIL)

Young Lives Consortium

If you are a voluntary organisation working with disabled young people, you can get involved with the sub group through the Young Lives consortium

Contact us

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