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SEND reforms

The Children and Families Act has brought in major changes in the way that children with SEND and their families are supported.

One of the big changes means that local authorities must provide a website for information about the local services available for any children and young people in their area with SEND aged from birth to 25. This is known as the Local Offer and it includes information about how to access services.

The information and services on this website are for all children and young people with special educational needs that the local authority is responsible for, whether they have Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans or not.

The Local Offer is also an important resource for professionals to support understanding of the range of services and provision for children and young people with SEND in Somerset. 

This animated film, produced by Dorset County Council, explains the main changes brought in by the Children and Families Act.