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In September 2014, the Department for Education published a guide for health professionals for SEND.This guide is designed to help clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities and health professionals understand their statutory duties in relation to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014.

0 to 25 SEND Code of Practice: A guide for health professionals

Roles and Duties on Health to co-operate

The SEND Code of Practice gives clear information on the responsibilities of health services and this includes a commitment to support and develop the EHCP process, joint commissioning of new services and the creation of the Local Offer. 

There is a duty to provide a lead professional, known as the Designated Health Officer, to co-ordinate this work.

For more information see Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0-25 (2014)

For a copy of the EHC plan see Education Health and Care Plan.

Duties under the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the legal obligations that schools, early years providers, post-16 institutions, local authorities and others have towards disabled children and young people: 

  • They must not directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children and young people 

  • They must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that disabled children and young people are not at a substantial disadvantage compared with their peers. This duty is anticipatory – it requires thought to be given in advance to what disabled children and young people might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage.

For further information please refer to SEND Code of Practice Chapter 5.


Dudley SENDIASS (formerly Dudley Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial information, advice and support to young people and parents, covering special educational needs (SEN), disability, health and social care

Helpline number:01384 817373
Address: Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9LY

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