Right from the Start

Amanda-CDC-2.jpgOur latest newsletter is all about getting it right from the start. You can download a PDF version of the full newsletter or read it online on Issuu.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England. We bring together a diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.

Our vision is a society in which disabled children’s life chances are assured, their needs are met, their aspirations supported and their rights respected. To date our work has impacted on over 770,000 disabled children and their families.

On 13 March, the Children and Families Act  2014 received Royal Assent.

Part 3 of the Act includes significant changes to the way disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs are supported.

These changes include new duties on local authorities to:

  • Put children, parents and young people at the heart of decisions that affect them;
  • Work with health services to jointly commission services in order to meet the education, health and care needs of children and young people in their area
  • To set out a 'local offer' of services they expect to be available for children and young people and to use comments on the local offer in order to improve provision
  • For some children and young people, to draw up and maintain Education, Health and Care plans (EHCs)
  • Provide the option of a personal budget, including the possibility for a direct payment, to meet the needs set out in individual EHC plans

Throughout the reform process, CDC has been working as the Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education. This means that we have been: advising government on best practice in regards to the SEN and Disability reforms, developing information highlighting key aspects of the reform process to help people engage as we lead up to the implementation of the reforms, and supporting the disabled children's sector to develop new and sustainable approaches to adapt to these changes.

For families of children with severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges this means that you will have the right to be involved in the development of your child’s education, health and care plan and to be consulted about the development of the local offer. 

These changes will come in to effect on the 1st of September 2014. To find out more and to access our free resources on the SEND reforms please visit:

Amanda Allard is the Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children.

This article is taken from our Summer newsletter. You can download a PDF version of the full newsletter or read it online on Issuu.

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