UK & Global SEND News  

June 2018

Report - Public Spending on Children in England - 2000 - 2020 
Commissioned by the Children's Commissioner
Published 12 June 2018 

Local Government Association - Response to Public Spending on Children in England
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to analysis commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner of public spending on children. 

Freedom of Information Request - Rates of Children Placed in Care by Councils
Adoption is intended to take children out of care, because their chances of stability and success in education, and life, are better. But in the 20 authorities where adoption rose over five years, the number of children in care had risen as well.

May 2018

Army Families Federation (AFF) - Special Educational Needs - useful information to support families served by the AFF. 

Special Educational Needs & Disability Inquiry Launched by The Education Committe
Closing date for responses is Thursday 14 June 2018. 

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following by 14 June 2018:

April 2018

Arts Council England
Self Evaluation Toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors 

March 2018

Ministers announce £17 million to improve children's services. 

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has today, 15th March 2018, announced a package of support worth £17 million to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. More than £15 million will go to eight new Partners in Practice, to expand a peer support programme between local authorities to improve children’s services.

BBC News - Youth Isolation - What happens when we fail? 
9th March 2018 

Ombudsmand upholds 80% of complaints about SEN support 
Local Government News, 7th March 2018 
Ombudsman Michael King said his office has investigated 140 complaints regarding EHCPs and has upheld eight out of 10.
As well as delays, these complaints concerned failures to involve parents and young people properly in the decision-making process, not gathering sufficient evidence to inform decisions, and a lack of proper forward planning when young people move between key educational stages.

October 2017

BBC report on Childline and increasing numbers of children with mental health difficulties
BBC News - Family and Education 
Institue of Public Policy Research
Making the Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion
Published 10 October 201

Local Area SEND Inspections - One Year On
Published by CQC and Ofsted, 18 October 2017 

September 2017

British Council & Creative Education
Fully funded CPD - Connecting Classrooms

July 2017 

13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child
Suzanne Newman, Psychology Today
The Arts Council, England
All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing 
Creative Health - The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, 2nd Edition, published July 2017 

June 2017

How to help your child feel less anxious
BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind - 26 June 2017 

The Communication Trust - Early Years Resources 

May 2017

Frequently asked questions about early infant brain development
Zero to Three 

March 2017

The performance of the NHS in England in transforming children's mental health services
22nd March 2017 

High Needs Funding Arrangements 2017 - 2018 

Mental Health in Schools - a hidden crisis affecting millions of students (US)
NPR Ed. Up to one in five children living in the U.S. show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. 

How schools can support children's mental health (US) 
NPR Ed - continuation of a theme (above) reporting on children's mental health needs in schools in the U.S. 

Preparing for Adulthood - New guidance from the Dept for Education 
Preparing for Adulthood & Dept for Education

Early Life Deprivation, neurodevelopment, mental health and resilience, ERA study
Posted by Andre Tomin, National ELF service, evidence-based practice

February 2017

Depression strikes teenage girls particularly hard
Heath News from NPR
13 February 2017

Girls affected by Autism, Channel 4 news documentary
Conventional thinking suggests autism mainly affects boys. But more and more girls – and adult women – are being diagnosed with the condition. And up to 100,000 could be still undiagnosed. Keme Nzerem has been to visit the only school in the UK that’s exclusively for autistic girls.

Autism starts months before symptoms appear, study shows
Scientific American, 15 February 2017 

Putting social, emotional and mental health at the top of our school's agenda
Malcolm Reeve, Special Needs Jungle

December 2016

Social and emotional problems related to dyslexia 
Mr Health Hub
8th December 2016

Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Research Policy Unit
Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult-life course outcomes
Published 13th December 2016 

Why toddlers with autism avoid eye contact
Scientific American, 16th December 2016 

How should we talk about mental health, 
Pets help people manage the pain of serious mental illness
NPR, Your Health, 9th December 2016 

Arts education reduces stress levels of low-income students
Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard, Dec 2016

August 2016

Centre for Mental Health
Missed Opportunities: a review of recent evidence into children and young people's mental health 

May 2016

Children's Commissioner: Lightning Review - Access to child and adolescent mental health services, May 2016

March 2016

NICE: Transition from children's to adults services for young people using health or social care services 
Available on the Preparing for Adulthood Site and also on NICE 

January 2016

NFER - In the News, January 2016
Policy briefings, research papers and related information on the work of NFER 

Contact A Family 
Short Breaks Partnership Bulletin, January 2016

November 2015

Psych Central 
Early life stress a major risk factor for adult depression  

Anti Bullying Alliance
Series of interactive anti-bullying tools for parents 

Preparing for Adulthood
Easy Read Guide to The Care Act 2014 

Preparing for Adulthood
Practical Guide for Commissioners - Supporting Young People with Mental Health Needs into Employment 

October 2015

Driver Youth Trust 
Joining the Dots - Have recent reforms worked for those with SEND? 

Dept for Education 
October 2015 - SEND newsletter  

Spectrum: Over-synched brains trigger out of step social behaviours
Author: Sarah Deweerdt, 22nd October 2015

September 2015

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
One Year On Report - Impact of changes to the special educational needs system on deaf children 

August 2015

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums, in conjunction with Focus Gov, have put out a survey for parents on the local offer. The results of this survey will be shared at the NAFIS Conference on Wednesday 14th October.  

Here is the survey on the local offer.

July 2015

Dept for Education - SEND Pathfinder 
Final Impact Reseach Report, July 2015

May 2015

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Updated information on their site with a host of very relevant and useful information on the SEND reforms. 

Family Support: What does SEN reform mean for you and your child?

Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) in England. 
An introduction to the new legislation in England for parents of deaf children and young people 

Information, Advice & Support Services Network (IAS)
Find your local IAS Service 

IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. There should be an IAS Service in every local authority. From this page you can find the contact details of your local service

Council for Disabled Children
Find my Independent Supporter - May 2015

Independent Support is funded by the Department for Education and currently operates across local authorities in England.  Independent Support is not available to parents and young people who live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  However, ‘IS agencies’ can offer advice to help those families and young people who plan to move from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland to England

SEND Magazine -  6th May 2015 
On my way to being a regular contributor for SEND magazine, my article on Optimum Learning Environments for Children with SEND taught away from the Classroom features in this month's edition. 

The magazine can be found at this link -

Council for Disabled Children
Resources gathered from a range of services released in May on Education, Health & Care Plans & Local Offers

NHS England - Mental Health Services Explained
Code of Practice Plain English Glossary
Words in the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and What they mean in plain English  

March 2015

SEND Magazine - 23rd March 2015

I'm delighted to have  been asked to contribute to a new digital magazine supporting the needs of professionals and parents. SEND launched in January 2015 and Issue 2 has just been releasted to all UK schools as a free digital copy (23rd March 2015).

My article on The Local Offer features in the magazine and references the work of this social enterprise. 

The magazine can be found at this link -

The magazine contains a host of excellent articles - do take a look and share this wonderful new resource. 

February 2015





The Royal Courts of Justice, London

Judicial Review of Local Authority Duties

"The High Court has today handed down Judgment in the first Judicial Review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following the reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act on 1 September 2014." Irwin Mitchell, Solicitors 

The Claimants, two disabled children known as L and P, instructed law firm, Irwin Mitchell, to seek a Judicial Review against Warwickshire County Council's proposed local offer consultation.

There has been extensive media coverage of the Judicial Review at the Royal Courts of Justice, with commentary from local and national press, many diability charities, educational and legal professionals. Here's a link to further details of the case, which has significant implications for how Local Authorities consult on and deliver their local offer.

Further articles referencing the case and how Warwickshire's Local Offer fell 'a considerable distance short of the statutory requirements” can be found below.

Judiciary.Gov.Uk - Approved Judgement - 5th February 2015.

(This information is in the public domain. If anyone knows any reason why this Judgement should not be published here, I'd be pleased to be informed and will remove if requested).

Autism Eye: High Court Slams 'Deficient' Council  

Local Government Law - Local Offer to Disabled Children fell below statutory requirements' - Judge
5th February 2015

Panoptican - a blog about Information Law - Local Offers 
6th February 2015 by James Goodie, QC


January 2015

Dept for Education
Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice: 0 - 25 years  

Other News 

For extensive and comprehensive updates on the SEND reforms, please visit the SEND Pathfinder site, with direct updates from the Dept for Education, Dept of Health and Mott MacDonald. 

SEND Pathfinder

Council for Disabled Children - News

Special Needs Jungle & 

Bringing Us Together

Information added to this site on wider matters of the SEND reforms will be added here regularly, but this is not intended to replace or substitute the work of the Pathfinders, or to be as comprehensive in coverge of all aspects of the SEND reforms. 

August 2014.

Dept for Education
15th August 2014
SEND: Guide for Parents & Carers

15th August 2014
SEND Code of Practice - all updates

July 2014

Dept for Education 
Policy update from the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, MP & Edward Timpson, MP

Council for Disabled Children - Early Support
Resouces and support on the Council for Disabled Children website under Early Support 


June 2014

Dept for Education
The new SEN Code of Practice 2014

Dept for Education

Dept for Education
Letter from Ann Gross, Director Special Needs & Children's Services Strategy 
Letter to all local authorities in England
SEND Implementation Grant (New Burdens) Determination Letter 2014 - 2016


"The Children and Families Act introduces new duties on local authorities in order to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN or who are disabled, increase choice and control for parents, and promote a less adversarial system. Local authorities are undertaking a range of activities to prepare for these changes, which will be implemented from September 2014."

Dept for Education
27th June 2014
Information on the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal

May 2014

SEND Pathfinder - latest information packs on the SEND reforms

April 2014

Dept for Education - letter to all schools and colleges
8th April 2014
Support and Aspiration: Implementing the new 0 - 25 special needs system 

Dept for Education - letter to parents 
8th April 2014
New arrangements for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disability 

Last update: 5th November 2015.