Children's health and welfare

Children's rights, child poverty, mental health, young carers, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Services

  1. Apply for school transport for a child with special educational needs and disabilities

    If your child can't walk to school because of their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) your local council must provide transport

Guidance and regulation

  1. The law on leaving your child on their own

    The law doesn't say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it's an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk

  2. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

    Children with special educational needs (SEN) can get the help they need to get an education - SEN support, education, health and care plans, SEN before September 2014

  3. Help if you have a disabled child

    Your rights and the support you can get if you have a disabled child, including childcare, car costs, house adaptations and education

  1. Illness and your child's education

    What happens if your child can't go to school for health reasons - responsibilities of the local council and school and how medical needs are handled at school

    • Answer
  2. SEND: guide for parents and carers

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Government proposals on children and young people's mental health

    • Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care
    • News story
  2. £45m boost for young people with SEND

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  3. Healthy eating guidance published for the early years sector

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  4. Social care commentary: protecting disabled children

    • Ofsted
    • Authored article
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Residential special schools and colleges: a call for evidence
  3. Local area SEND consultation
  1. Residential special schools and colleges: support for children

    • Department for Education
    • Independent report
  2. SEND disagreement resolution arrangements in England: review

    • Department for Education and Ministry of Justice
    • Independent report
See all policy and engagement

Transparency

  1. Children’s services omnibus

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  2. Supporting mental health in schools and colleges

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  3. Children in need of help and protection: data and analysis

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  4. Education in inpatient mental health units

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  5. LA and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
See all transparency