Appendix 1 - Legislation and Policy

Legislation driving provision for children and young people with SEND is currently under review by HM Government. We will ensure that this strategy is in line with any changes to legislation, national and local policy, and best practice during its lifespan. At present, that legislation and policy is:


  • Breaks for carers of disabled children regulations 2011
  • National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026
  • NHS Long Term plan 2019
  • Reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils (2012): Technical guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper (right support, right place, right time) 2022
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015
  • Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (2015): statutory guidance from the Department for Education.
  • The Autism Act 2009
  • The Care Act 2014
  • The Children Act 1989 / 2004
  • The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 2 (Care Planning Placement and Case Review) and Volume 3 (Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers)
  • The Children and Families Act 2014
  • The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • The Education Act 1996
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice: Protecting the vulnerable (2005)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (Statutory guidance) 2018