Is the child’s and young person’s view shaping decisions on SEND/ASN provision in England and Scotland?

  • Neville Harris (Host)
  • Gail Davidge (Host)
  • Riddell, S. (Organiser)

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This conference aims to present, and consider the implications of, the findings of a recently concluded research study by a team based at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester into the implementation of important new rights and duties concerned with decisions about the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (England) or additional support needs (Scotland). The research was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) award.

The Children and Families Act 2014 part 3 (England) and the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 contain key provisions aimed not only at ensuring that the views of the child or young person with SEND/ASN inform decisions by those responsible for meeting their educational needs, and local policy, but also that older children enjoy autonomy as rights holders and participants in a range of processes including those concerned with planning their provision and seeking redress.

The legislation holds out considerable promise of ensuring that the child’s or young person’s voice is central to decision-making in this field. The research – based on a survey of all local authorities in England and Scotland, interviews with a range of professionals working in this field, and 36 detailed case studies of individual children/young people across six local authority areas – measures progress in realising this promise and analyses the factors underlying the picture that has emerged.
Period6 Jun 2019
Event typeSeminar
Location Manchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational