Sense resources on SEND reforms

From September 2014, local authorities in England introduced the new system of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  

To make sure the changes will benefit deafblind children and young people and their families, Sense has produced a new set of guides for parents, professionals and local authority commissioners:

Making it work for you: Guide for families 

The cover of the Sense SEN reform guide for parentsSense’s new guide has been designed to help families understand the new SEND system. It explains the main changes taking place and provides a step-by-step guide to the new processes. It also highlights aspects of the changes which are particularly relevant to deafblindness.

Download the Making it work for you: Guide for families booklet.

Understanding the SEND reforms: A parent’s perspective

Ashling Barve, parent of Keira, who is deafblind, shares her views on the incoming SEND reforms and how the Sense guide could help parents navigate these changes.


The cover of the Sense SEN reform guide for professionalsRoute map to meeting the needs of deafblind children and young people: Guide for professionals

To make sure deafblind children and young people are properly supported in the new SEND system, Sense has written a guide to best practice for education, health and social care professionals who work with deafblind children and young people.

Download the briefing




Understanding the SEND reforms: A social care perspective 

Jackie Kidd, Deafblind Worker for Sensory Services at Hertfordshire County Council, discusses what the changes will mean for social care professionals and how the Sense resources could help.

Understanding the SEND reforms: An education perspective

Steve Rose, Head of Childrens' Specialist Services at Sense, explains how the Sense resource may help those in education.

Understanding the SEND reforms: A health perspective

Jane Valente, General Peaediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital talks about how the Sense resources could assist partnership working by  health professionals after implementation the SEND changes.

Meeting the needs of children and young people with sensory impairments: Advice to local authority commissioners

Advice on implementing SEND reform report cover

Sense has worked with RNIB, NDCS and Blind Children UK to write a best practice guide for local authority commissioners. It highlights five important areas of best practice:

  • Improving the quality of information
  • Consulting effectively with children and families
  • Ensuring the Local Offer meets the needs of children and young people with sensory impairments
  • Conducting appropriate assessments
  • Making use of regional commissioning

Download the guide


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First published: Thursday 11 September 2014
Updated: Thursday 15 October 2015