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ERIC Number: EJ1173851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3383
Strengths and Limitations of the Education, Health and Care Plan Process from a Range of Professional and Family Perspectives
Sales, Niaomi; Vincent, Kerry
British Journal of Special Education, v45 n1 p61-80 Mar 2018
The introduction of a new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice in 2015 marked one of the most significant reforms to the SEND statutory assessment process in England since its introduction over 30 years ago. This article presents the findings of a small-scale study that aimed to identify the extent to which the reforms have successfully addressed some of the shortcomings of the former Statementing process. Interviews, questionnaires and a focus group were used to gain the perspectives of parents, young people and professionals from education, health and social care services in two local authorities in the English Midlands. The research found that the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment and planning process has been effective in some areas, particularly in achieving greater parental involvement and a more person-centred approach. However, important issues remain unresolved. The data suggest that greater consistency in interpreting and applying legislation, and in individual professional practices, are still needed to fully achieve the intentions of the new system. Some recommendations for practitioners are proposed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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