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Families to be given personal budgets for special educational needs support

Health, education and care services legally required to work together.

Parents are to get a new legal right to buy-in specialist SEN and disabled care for their children, under plans set out yesterday by Children’s Minister Sarah Teather.

For the first time ever, parents will be given the power to control personal budgets for their children with severe, profound or multiple health and learning – meaning they can choose the expert support that is right for their child, instead of local authorities being the sole provider. 

The biggest reform of SEN for 30 years will also force education, health and social care services to plan services together by law – so when their children are assessed, parents will be assured they will get full provision to address their children’s needs. 

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