SEND policy reforms, their implementation in practice, and studies into different needs and conditions. View our archive of research, case studies and features.
April saw the start of a two-year trial of a process that gives parents and young people a single route of redress regarding SEND concerns.
It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.
Kamena Dorling, group head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the need for local authorities to transfer children onto education, health and care plans by the end of March.
The introduction of area-wide multi-agency inspections of special educational needs and disabilities services has highlighted the challenges of implementing system reforms while continuing to deliver quality provision.
Review shows how councils can improve provision to reduce need for out-of-area residential schools.
The number of children with disabilities educated at special schools is rising. While the proportion of settings achieving a "good" rating is up, there is wide variation between different types of provider.
Education health and care plans for SEND children need reforming not scrapping, say three sector experts.
The Pendlebury Centre pupil referral unit in Stockport has just been awarded its fifth consecutive "outstanding" rating. Tom de Castella went to meet staff and pupils to find out how it achieves such success.
A Hampshire school's inclusion unit may provide a blueprint for addressing behavioural problems of pupils.
Council for Disabled Children guidance for local authorities on producing education, health and care plans for SEND children.
Fundamental reforms to services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aim to transform the way support is provided and improve education and care outcomes.
High numbers of children with SEND enter the youth justice system because of inadequate support.
Sweeping changes to special educational needs policy are on the horizon. Charlotte Goddard examines what the reforms will mean for the many families who currently struggle to get support.
Disabled young people who use prosthetic limbs have worked with technicians and clinicians to devise new products that will improve the comfort and quality of prosthetics, making their lives better.
Youth participation is embedded throughout Hackney Council's youth services.
Achievement for All has adapted its online learning platform to deliver free training to youth justice professionals.
Ladybirds and Brookvale nursery cluster caters for a high proportion of children with SEND by having a permanent special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco).
Ofsted has applauded Plymouth for its multi-agency work with families to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
Gloucestershire Council's supported internship programme is creating first-time pathways to employment for 18- to 25-year-olds with SEND.
Revised inspections for residential holiday schemes for disabled children show that as well as providing high-quality care, the best schemes "add considerably to young people's experiences, progress and development".
Patience and consideration are qualities needed to work effectively with children and young people with autism.
Children's professionals must recognise all forms of disability prejudice so that they can effectively tackle it.
Understanding the impact of visual impairments can make a difference to the outcomes of children who are blind or partially sighted.
Barnardo's Participation Project sought to develop ways of involving disabled children and young people in health, social care and children's services planning.
Review discusses concerns and policy directions regarding permanency, policy shift towards adoption and how this is seen as the gold standard of permanency, despite warnings to avoid such a hierarchy.
Parents of disabled children are encouraged by health services to seek peer support. Delivering one-to-one support services is resource intensive and so it is important their effectiveness is evaluated. This qualitative study considers the impact on both recipients and befrienders.
Research indicates deaf or disabled children face three- or four-times the risk of abuse compared with non-disabled peers.
This narrative review of literature aimed to highlight the need for more quality research on the effectiveness of parenting interventions to treat ADHD and and potential alternative benefits.
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects about one per cent of children and young people, and can have a profound effect on children's social development into adulthood.
A number of initiatives have aimed to increase early diagnosis of ASD - but are children in fact being diagnosed earlier?
Analysis of statements provided by 63 local authorities in England, plus general recommendations to councils.
Are young children with behavioural problems and ADHD at risk of poor academic outcomes at 16?