What the law says about support for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Codes of practice, acts and legislation that explains how children with difficulties should be supported and what their rights are.

The law around special educational needs and disabilities

All nurseries, playgroups, schools and colleges in England must provide support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEND: guide for parents and carers explains the system to support children and young people with special educational needs.

You can also read a simple version of this guide:

Information, codes of practice, acts and legislation

What schools and education settings must provide for children and young people with SEN (PDF59KB) explains what our Local Offer in Brighton & Hove provides.

SEN Code of Practice 2014 explains what we must do support children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 explains what our responsibilities are to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 explain our duties related to Education Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans in more detail.

The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014 explain about personal budgets and direct payments.

The Care Act 2014 explains what we must do to support support adults over the age of 18. It also explains who can get support, how assessments must be made and when we can charge for support.

The Equality Act 2010 explains what schools, early years providers, post-16 institutions, local authorities, councils and other providers must do to support disabled children and young people.

More information

You can find out more about SEND guidance and regulation on the GOV.UK website.