There are some laws and legislation about SEND, to make sure that you are treated fairly and recieve the support you need from schools, settings, colleges and the local authority (Leeds City Council). These are:
Children and Families Act (CAFA).
This is law that the Local Authority (Leed City Council) and schools must follow. Section 3 of this act is about young people. Click here for the
Young Person's guide to the Children and Families Act.
SEND Code of Practice (COP).
This is legislation, it provides more detail about the law (CAFA).
If it says that the LA (Leeds City Council), school or college MUST do something then this is a legal request that they have to follow.
If it says SHOULD, then this is guidance and not law that they should follow unless there is a good reason not to.
SEND Regulations and
2015 ammendments (SEND Regs).
These are legally binding rules to support the law (CAFA).
SEND regulations for personal budgets.
These are legally binding rules and regulations about direct payments and personal budgets that support the law (CAFA).
Equality Act 2010 (EA).
This is law to protect you from being unfairly treated (discriminated against) because of any disability that you may have.
Equality Act Disability Regulations 2010.
These are legally binding rules to support the law (EA).
As a young person, you have more say about your SEND, education and any decisions that are made about it, but you can still ask a parent/ carer or someone you trust to help or advocate for you if you prefer.
SEND code of practice tells us that as a young person, Leeds City council must:
- Listen to and respect your views, wishes and feelings
- Involve you in decisions about your education
- Give you relevant information about your education
- Accept information from you about your education
What can i do?
If you need support to express your views, wishes and feelings you can speak to your school, college or setting, support worker, parent/ carer or trusted individual to help you to think about and record your thoughts and wishes.
You can find more advice about this in our