On 13 March the Children and Families Act (2014) received Royal Assent. It will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.
On 8 April, Edward Timpson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health) wrote to local authority and health leaders with further information on transition arrangements in relation to the reforms. The letter has been sent to Chief Executives of local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, chairs of Health and Wellbeing Boards and lead members. The letter requests they give personal attention to ensuring that the new SEND system is implemented in a way that will deliver maximum benefits for children and young people with SEND. An updated implementation pack accompanies the letter, which outlines the vision for the reforms and contains useful information for strategic leaders.
The Minister for Children and Families is also writing to schools, parents and FE colleges about the reforms.
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