The Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health (DH)
recently published guidance providing advice for local authorities
and health partners on implementing the 0 to 25 special needs
system from September 2014.
This guidance sets out the vision for the special educational
needs (SEN) reforms, the case for change, and provides
non-statutory advice for:
- Local authorities (children's services, social care and adult
- Health partners (clinical commissioning groups, and health and
This guidance is also provides local authorities and health
partners with examples of education, health and care plans and a
slide pack to support them to disseminate the information among
their teams, including a timeline for the change.
Working alongside this guidance, In Control has developed, with
support from the DfE and in conjunction with SQW, a clear framework
upon which local authorities and partners can build local plans for
implementing personal budgets for children, young people and their
'Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets' provides
a practical tool to support local authorities and others as they
work towards the deadline of September 2014.
Providing a structure that has, through extensive piloting,
proven to be useful, it draws on the draft Code of Practice for
SEN, the draft SEN regulations, In Control's own experience and the
learning and evaluation evidence collated by SQW in its role as
lead evaluators of the DfE's Individual Budget Pilots and their
on-going work to evaluate the SEND Pathfinders.
'Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets' acts as
both a guide as well as a method of demonstrating the value and
benefits of personal budgets through examples and references
provided as part of the document.
Gain greater insight by joining our webinar
In Control is hosting a webinar in February 2014 discussing this
topic in greater detail. The webinar, 'Implementing personal
budgets for children, young people and families' will be presented
by Nic Crosby from In Control and Meera Craston from SQW.
They will outline a clear framework upon which children's
services can base their plans to implement personal budgets and
provide an opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the
To register for the webinar visit:
For more information about 'Support and Aspiration: Introducing
Personal Budgets', contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a copy via:
To view the DfE and DH guidance, 'Implementing the 0 to 25
special needs system' visit: