Welsh Consultation on SEN

July 5th, 2012 by Holly Stout

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on reform to the SEN system – Click Here 

The proposed legislative reforms are similar to those proposed for England following the consultation last year Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability (click here  for the latest on that).

The Welsh Government also proposes new legislation that will 

  • give a statutory footing to the concept of additional needs (AN);
  • replace SEN statements with new integrated Individual Development Plans (IDP) for children and young people;
  • replace the framework for the assessment and planning of provision for children and young people with SEN with a simpler more person-centred system;
  • set out how integrated plans will cover those aged 0–25 years who fall within different categories of need;
  • set out the duties to be imposed on relevant bodies (such as local authorities and the NHS);
  • set out the resolution process for any disputes;
  • impose a duty on the Welsh Ministers to issue a code of practice in relation to the new statutory framework for AN; and
  • impose a duty on relevant bodies to collaborate in respect of AN provision.

 Responses to the consultation are invited by 19 October 2012.

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