For the first time ever the needs of children with complex SEND are all set out in one education, health and care (EHC) plan. It also means that councils are legally required to take the views of families into account when deciding on what support to offer.
The funding announced includes:
£35.8m in implementation funding for local authorities in 2016 to 2017, in recognition of the additional duties placed on them as a result of the transition to EHC plans (an increase of £4m on last year)
£27.3m for the Family Fund Trust in 2016 to 2017, to support low-income families with disabled children – the Trust provides small-scale grants, enabling families to make specific purchases and take short breaks
£15m to fund the Independent Supporters Programme in 2016 to 2017, run by the Council for Disabled Children – the Programme helps support families and young people to navigate the SEND system
£2.3m for parent carer forums in 2016 to 2017, which bring parents together to provide support and advice to families