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SEND: Guide for parents and carers

The Parents’ Guide to the Special Educational Needs and disability (SEND) reforms is now available to download from the GOV.UK website.   

This guide explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities works.

It covers:

  • the law and statutory guidance on which the system is based
  • places to go for help and further information
  • details about changes to the system from 1 September 2014

It may also be useful for staff in:

  • schools and colleges
  • early years education settings

who are dealing with the parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

The guide should be used alongside the ‘Special education needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25’.


Who to contact

Parents' Guide to the SEN and disability reforms