Better Care


Following royal assent on 13 March 2014, The Children and Families Act became a new piece of legislation to be implemented across all local authorities effective from 1 September 2014. 

A programme of change is in place to implement the required changes outlined in this act, the supporting code of practice known as the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms and to also meet priority service improvements to support the implementation of the reforms.

The SEND Reforms require that all local authorities implement Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans to replace SEN Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments for young people between 0-25. This is to be personalised through the “My Life, My Choice” approach by:

  • Developing a Local Offer as a way of improving services and outcomes
  • Increasing participation, choice and control children and young people with SEND and their families have over the support they use
  • Providing accessible, comprehensive and transparent information, advice and support
  • Giving those with Education, Health and Care Plans the option to request a personal budget

The Birmingham City Council responsibility for SEND is part of the Children with Complex Needs service within Education Services within Children’s Services as part of Birmingham City Council Directorate for People.

The videos and animations linked below were co-produced with stakeholders.

They can also be found on the My Care in Birmingham website.

Information for healthcare professionals

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