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Youth custody, children and young people with special educational needs

The Children and Families Act 2014 set out a new legal framework for children and young people with SEN  (special educational needs) in youth custody.  This change commenced on 1 April 2015. The attached document from the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has a range of information for young people, parents/carers, professionals and anyone else involved.

The CDC factsheet, also attached, sets out the changes for young offenders with SEN.

The new legal framework applies to;

  • children and young people aged 18 and under, in;
  • Young Offender Institutions,
  • Secure Training Centres and
  • Secure Children’s Homes.

It applies to children and young people who are:

  • on remand,
  • have been sentenced, or;
  • children who have been voluntarily detained in Secure Children’s Homes. 

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Last updated: 03 Jan 2023