Special Educational Needs (SEN)


Since 1 September 2014, statements for children and young people under 16, and learning difficulty assessments for young people over 16, have been replaced by the education, health care plan (EHCP) from 0 to 25 years.

AFF has gathered information to help you find your way around this new process; so whether you’ve already been assessed, or think your child should be assessed, read on to see how the process now works for your family.

AFF is also monitoring how this process is working and we would like to hear your feedback and experiences.

Please contact Lucy Scott at ec@aff.org.uk or Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk

On this page:

Registering your child’s SEN/SEND
Education, Health and Care Plans
11 things you need to know about the SEN reforms
The Local Offer
Personal budgets
Joint Commissioning
Mediation, tribunal and children’s right to appeal
What happens when you move?
Support and information

 

Registering your child’s SEN/SEND

If your child has SEN or SEND (Special Education Need and Disability) the MOD advises that you register your child with Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS).

Please click here to download the MOD form to print off ready to fill in and send by post to CEAS. If you have any questions about this then please contact CEAS. Their contact telephone number is on the bottom of the form.

If your child’s SEN or SEND is moderate or more complex, it is mandatory for your soldier to register this need with Army Personnel Centre (APC) through the Career management Notification Pro-forma in AGAI 108

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Education, Health and Care Plans

An EHCP is a single integrated care plan which should ensure that all local agencies for education, health and social care work together to meet your needs and stop you as parents having to undergo repeated assessments with different agencies.

It should also improve the transition process for young people when they leave school. Read more

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11 things you need to know about the SEN reforms

This handy infographic explains the main things that you need to know about the whole process, and also who will support you and how.

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The Local Offer

The Children and Families Act 2014 gave Local Authorities (LAs) a statutory duty to produce a 'Local Offer' for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or a disability (SEND) from 0 to 25.

All LAs have published a ‘Local Offer’ of support, so parents and young people know exactly what is available in their location; this information can be found on the LA website, either on the schools/SEN pages or on the education, training and skills pages.

You can find your LA’s Local Offer directly though the SENDirect websiteRead more

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Personal budgets

All Army families who are awarded an approved EHCP will have a legal right to request a personal budget.

When you receive your draft EHCP form the LA you will be invited to apply for your child or young person’s personal budget. Read more

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Joint commissioning

LAs and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are expected to put arrangements in place to ensure that services for disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN, are planned for and commissioned jointly.

This should ensure that agencies work together to agree the best package of support and will hopefully avoid disputes over who should fund services.

If you’re not happy with the health support or provision being provided for your child or young person, you can raise a complaint with the CCG or NHS England and tell AFF at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk

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Mediation, tribunal and children’s right to appeal

If you’re not happy with the LAs decision to not assess your child for an EHCP, or to provide an EHCP after an EHC assessment, or the SEN part of the EHCP, you can appeal the decision with the SEND Tribunal.

However, before you appeal you must first contact a mediation advisor.

The Special Needs Jungle flowchart (part 4) explains the mediation and tribunal process. There is also more information on the GOV.UK website and in the SEND Code of Practice 0-25

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What happens when you move?

Moving frequently as part of our Army lifestyle can be challenging, particularly if you have a child or young person with SEN or SEND.

Often families have the child’s statement or EHCP agreed in one LA then move to another LA with a different Local offer for education, health and social care provision; you may feel that you are having to start the process all over again or are not getting the same provision.

If this is the case, contact either Lucy Scott at ec@aff.org.uk or Karen Ross at additional needs@aff.org.uk Read more

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Support and Information

You may find the following links useful:

MOD

Charitable and other support

For other useful links and information relating to SEN and SEND, click here

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AFF is interested to hear your views or concerns about issues discussed on our website. Please email us at ec@aff.org.uk.


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