Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system: LAs and partners

This publication was withdrawn on 29 June 2016

Guidance on the transition from statements of special educational need and learning difficulties assessments to education, health and care plans is set out in ‘SEND: managing changes to legislation from September 2014’. A ‘SEND: guide for health professionals’ is also available.

Guidance for local authorities and health partners.


This is for:

  • local authorities
    • children’s services
    • social care
    • adult social care
  • health partners
    • clinical commissioning groups
    • health and wellbeing boards

The guidance explains:

  • the changes being made to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system
  • what organisations need to do to implement the system
  • how to introduce the legal requirements of the SEND reforms
  • transitional arrangements for all those currently with:
    • school action or school action plus (and equivalents)
    • a statement of special educational needs
    • a learning difficulty assessment (LDA)

Examples of education, health and care plans are available on the SEND pathfinder website.

Guidance on managing changes to SEND legislation from September 2014 is also available.